The Pipe sign (vertical bar) is used as the symbol for absolute value. It is two vertical straight bars surrounding the number or expression for which you wish to indicate absolute value. For Example, |8| = 8 means the absolute value of 8 is 8.

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In today’s article, you’ll learn how to use some keyboard (or alt code) shortcuts to make or type the Absolute Value Symbol (text) anywhere like Word/Excel using any PC.

Just before we begin, I’ll like to tell you that you can also use the button below to copy and paste this sign into your work for free.

Click to Copy Copy Absolute Value

However, if you just want to type this symbol on your keyboard, the actionable steps below will show you how.

Note: On the standard keyboard, the Absolute Value symbol is placed on the same key as the backslash key. So, to type this symbol, press down the shift key and hit one on the backslash key (Shift+\). However, if you can’t find the backslash key on your version of the keyboard, read down below for all the alternative methods to type this symbol using the keyboard.

Absolute Value Symbol <|> Quick Guide

To type the Absolute Value Symbol on Keyboard, press Down the Alt key and type 124 using the numeric keypad, then let go of the Alt key.

The below table contains all the information you need to type this Symbol on the keyboard.

Symbol NameVertical Line
Absolute Value Symbol Text|
Absolute Value Symbol Alt Code124
Shortcut for WindowsAlt + 124
Shortcut for Word007C, Alt+X

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The Symbol dialog box will appear.

Type 007C in the Character Code: box. The symbol will appear selected.Click on the Insert button. Alternatively, double click on the symbol to insert it into your Word document.
Close the dialog.

The symbol will then be inserted exactly where you placed the insertion pointer.

These are the steps you may use to insert the Absolute Value Symbol in Word.


As you can see, there are several different methods you can use to type the Absolute Value Symbol text in Microsoft Word.

Using shortcut makes the fastest option for this task. Shortcuts are always fast.

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