Support for the New Indian Rupee Symbol


Today the Windows team released an update which adds support for the new rupee currency symbol for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2. You can find more information about the update at KB2496898.

What Does This Update Mean for Office Users?

This update will allow users to input, view, print, and use the new symbol as the default symbol for data formatted as Indian currency, such as in Access fields, Excel cells, or the currency column in SharePoint lists.

The Windows update touches three main areas that will help Office users.

1. Updates the following font families: Microsoft Sans Serif, Times New Roman, Arial, Segoe, and Tahoma.

2. Updates the 13 Indic local keyboards to input the rupee using the Ctrl+Shift+4. On the new English (India) keyboard, the AltGr+4 key combination will input the new symbol. More on adding or changing your input language.

3. Updates the locale information so that the new symbol is automatically used for items formatted as currency, such as in Access fields, Excel cells, or the currency column in SharePoint lists. More on changing the country or region settings.

Typing the Rupee Symbol

If you don’t have a keyboard that supports the rupee symbol, you can insert the rupee currency symbol by using one of the following methods.

Using Alt-X

Type 20B9, and then hold down the ALT key and press X. (Supported by OneNote, and Outlook WordMail, and Word.)

Important: Some of the Microsoft Office programs, such as PowerPoint and InfoPath, cannot convert Unicode codes to characters. If you need a Unicode character and are using one of the programs that doesn’t support Unicode characters, use the Character Map to enter the character(s) that you need.

Insert Symbol

Supported by Excel, InfoPath, OneNote, Outlook WordMail, PowerPoint, Publisher, SharePoint Designer, and Word

Insert a symbol

1. Click where you want to insert the symbol.

2. On the Insert tab, in the Symbols group, click Symbol.

3. Do one of the following:

· Click the symbol that you want in the drop-down list.

· If the symbol that you want to insert is not in the list, click More Symbols. In the Font box, click the font that you want, click the symbol that you want to insert, and then click Insert.

· Note If you are using an expanded font, such as Arial or Times New Roman, the Subset list appears. Use this list to choose from an extended list of language characters, including Greek and Russian (Cyrillic), if available.

4. Click Close.

Using Character Map

Character Map is a program built into Microsoft Windows that enables you to view the characters that are available in a selected font. Using Character Map, you can copy individual characters or a group of characters to the Clipboard and paste them into any program that can display them.

For more information about the Character Map, see Using special characters (Character Map): frequently asked questions.

Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Character Map.

To select a character in the Character Map, click the character, click Select, click the right mouse button in your document where you want the character, and then click Paste.

Printing the Rupee Currency Symbol

If your printer does not have the rupee currency symbol in any of its resident fonts, a box will be printed instead of the rupee currency symbol. Contact your printer vendor to find out how to get updated printer fonts that include the rupee currency symbol. You can also adjust your printer setup not to use resident fonts. Look for an option called Print fonts as graphics in printer setup properties.

Known Issues

Font Fall Back

If you are using a font that doesn’t contain the new symbol, then your application may not be able to render the character. The work around is to change the font for that one character. We are aware of the issue and are working on a fix.

SharePoint 2007

The Windows update does not fix .NET 3.5 in some scenarios and therefore SharePoint 2007 currency fields will not default to the new symbol. We are working to address this issue.

Office 2010 Web App

Due to a known browser limitation, users will not be able to type the new rupee symbol in Internet Explorer when font is not specified (for example, in the address bar or Web App Find text box).

Comments (5)

  1. @anonymous, the updates described in the post are Windows updates, and should work for most applications once you have updated fonts and the new keyboard map.

  2. A K Srivastava says:

    The new symbol for rupee has attracted big shocking controversys.Information sours..

  3. anonymous says:

    XP update please!!!!!!!! It's in extended support.

  4. anonymous says:

    But the updates are only for Windows Vista and Windows 7. Windows XP is still under extended support and Microsoft should be not so cheap I believe to not offer a simple current update for Indian users.

  5. Deepak Singh says:

    This is great initiative by Microsoft

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