How To Web Design & Dev How to Insert Arrow Symbols on Your Web Page Turn to Unicode for all kinds of symbols Share Pin Email Print Stannered/Public Domain/WikiCommons Web Design & Dev Basics HTML CSS by Jennifer Kyrnin A published author with extensive website creation and management skills. Updated March 18, 2019 Inserting an arrow (or other symbols) into a blog post or web page to indicate "next" is simply a matter of typing the right key combinations into the page's HTML using the editor or platform of your choice. These keystrokes are based on Unicode, which web browsers recognize and turn into the desired symbols. How to Make an Arrow for Your Web Page You'll need one of three identifiers: the HTML5 entity code, the decimal code, or the hexadecimal code. Any of the three identifiers produces the same result. In general, entity codes start with an ampersand and end with a semicolon; in the middle is an abbreviation summarizing what the symbol is. Decimal codes follow the format Ampersand+Hashtag+Numeric code+Semicolon, and hexadecimal codes insert the letter X between the hashtag and the numbers. For example, to produce a left-arrow symbol (←), type any of the following combinations: HTML:←Decimal:←Hexadecimal:← Most Unicode symbols do not offer entity codes, so they must be assigned using the decimal or hexadecimal code instead. You must insert these codes directly into the HTML using a text-mode or source-mode edit tool. Adding the symbols to a visual editor might not work, and pasting the Unicode character you want into a visual editor might not result in your intended effect. For example, when writing a blog post using WordPress, switch to Code Editor mode instead of Visual Editor mode to insert a special symbol. Common Arrow Symbols Unicode supports dozens of types and styles of arrows. Look at the Character Map on your computer to identify specific styles of arrows. To open the Character Map, select Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character Map (or select Windows and enter character map in the search box). When you highlight a symbol, you'll see a description of the symbol at the bottom of the Character Map application window in the form of U+nnnn, where the numbers represent the decimal code for the symbol. Note that not all Windows fonts display all forms of the Unicode symbols, so if you can't find what you want even after changing fonts inside of Character Map, consider alternate sources, including the summary pages for W3Schools. Selected UTF-8 arrow symbols Character Decimal Hexadecimal Entity Standardized Name ← 8592 2190 ← left arrow ↑ 8593 2191 ↑ up arrow → 8594 2192 → right arrow ↔ 8595 2194 ↔ down arrow ↕ 8597 2195 up down arrow ↻ 8635 21BB clockwise open-circle arrow ⇈ 8648 21C8 up paired arrows ⇾ 8702 21FE right open-headed arrow ⇶ 8694 21F6 three right arrows ⇦ 8678 21E6 left white arrow ⇡ 8673 21E1 up dashed arrow ⇝ 8669 21DD right squiggle arrow Considerations Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, and Firefox 35 and newer browsers have no difficulty displaying the full range of Unicode characters in the UTF-8 standard. Google Chrome, however, intermittently misses some characters if they're presented solely using the HTML5 entity code. The UTF-8 standard includes characters beyond arrows, too. For example, UTF-8 supports characters including: Currency symbolsLetter-like symbols that aren't lettersMathematical operatorsGeometric shapesBox-like shapesDingbatsDiacritical marksGreek, Coptic, and Cyrillic characters UTF-8 serves as the default encoding for almost 90 percent of all web pages as of November 2018, according to Google. The procedure for inserting these additional symbols is exactly the same as it is for arrows. Continue Reading Using the Circled P Sound Copyright Symbol How to Type the Copyright Symbol (©) on Windows and MacOS How to Use Special Characters in HTML How to Insert a Checkbox In Word Here Are Instructions on How to Insert a Heart Symbol on Your Web Page Determining How Long Your Web Page Should Be Font Stacks You Can Use for Reliable HTML Fonts on Your Web Pages Want to Learn HTML? Here's How to Start Building Your 1st Website Defining the Width of Your Site for Different Browser Resolutions How to Detect Mobile Devices Hitting Your Web Pages How to Insert Special Characters in Mac OS X Mail CSS Makes Changing Web Page Fonts Much Easier How to Add an Email Link to Your Website How Do I Add a Degree Symbol on a PowerPoint Slide? How to Test a Webpage on Multiple Browsers Before Upload How Do You Put Accents Over Letters on Mac and PC?