Rupee symbol on computers for free

Like the US Dollar and British Pound Sterling, the new symbol of the Indian Rupee will also be available in computers by merely downloading a software provided free by the Government.

The Rupee symbol can be downloaded from  and typed by pressing Alt Gr together with 4.

The software, released by TDIL Data Centre, has been developed by Unicode Consortium and ISO within three months of selection of the symbol.

“In order to promote the new symbol of Rupee, the same has been encoded in Unicode Standard and National Standard ISCII,” the Union Finance Ministry said on Friday.

The symbol has been incorporated as Unicode Standard, which specifies the representation of text in all modern software products and standards.

Regarding the placement of the sign on the keyboard, a consensus was arrived at among the stakeholders to use the combination of ‘Alt Gr' and numeral ‘4' for typing the symbol, it said.

Microsoft has also released an update to support the new currency symbol for the Rupee.

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