Use the New Rupee Symbol in Office Applications

The new Rupee symbol was adopted officially by India mid last year. However, it has still not been incorporated into popular office and word processing applications like Office from Microsoft or even in the open source office suites like Libre Office. You still might end up using either INR or Rs. which are available on the keyboard without needing you to do any looking around. While the new symbol is not available in the software by default, it is fairly easy to make this available to you when you want to use it.

The new Rupee symbol is available in a font. So the first thing you need to do is find a font that provides for the new Rupee symbol. The font that I was able to find for this was the Foradian font, which is the first thing that you should download. Once you have downloaded the font, save it t a convenient location like the base c: drive. This way you will have quick access to it for the next steps. I will cover the installation of this font into your fonts folder in Windows XP / Windows 7 with MS Office and Ubuntu Linux with Libre Office (which should set you up for OpenOffice.Org as well. I imagine that this process should be as easy on any other platforms as well.

Windows XP / Windows 7 with Office 2007 / 2010

If you have saved the Foradian font to your C drive, adding the font to your fonts list is easy, but does not work by simply copying the font to the Windows font folder. You need to first navigate to your “Fonts” folder which will be in your Windows folder on C drive. Generally this will be C;/Windows/Fonts, in case you have a default installation or a pre-installed version of Windows on your machine. Once you are in the Fonts folder you can choose the “Install new font” menu item from the “File” menu. This will allow you to choose the Foradian font file from the location that you saved it in. This installs the new font and makes it available in all the programs on your machine.

Install font using the menu to add the font to your system and make it available to all the apps

On Windows 7 you can simply right click on the font and choose the install option. You can also just drag and drop the font into the fonts folder.

Once you have completed the font installation, you need to enable MS Word to use the new Rupee symbol in place of Rs. or INR, which ever you generally use. To do this we will set up an auto-correction rule that will automatically replace INR or Rs. with a character that represents the new rupee symbol. In the Foradian font, the character ” ` ” has been designed to be the new rupee symbol. This symbol is also called the “Acute”. You will generally find this as the alternate symbol on the (tilde) ~ key to the left of the 1 key.

To set up this replacement you will need to go into “Word Options” from the Office Button. In Windows 7 you can get to the “Options” from the “File” menu. Auto-correct options are present under the “Proofing” head on the left. In the auto-correct options you can then specify the replacement rule. Here, I have specified that “ Rs. ” should be replaced with “ ` ”. That completes the setup part.

Substitute the "Acute" symbol to appear instead of "Rs."

Substitute the "Acute" symbol to appear instead of "Rs."

Now, to use the new Rupee symbol, just type “Rs.” and Word will replace that with the Acute (`) symbol. Select the Acute symbol and change the font to Foradian. This will now show the new Rupee symbol.

Ubuntu Linux with Libre Office

Installation in Ubuntu with either Libre Office or Open Office is just as simple. To install the font, just double click on the font file. This will open up the font in the font viewer. From here just click on the “Install Font” button and you are done. Easy, wasn’t it? To use the font, you need to do exactly the same thing that we did in MS Word. To do this in Libre Office you need to go to Tools and then AutoCorrect Options.

Autocorrect options in Libre Office

In Libre Office you can auto correct "Rs." to the Acute (`) symbol

Here we need to again replace “Rs.” with the Acute symbol (`). More or less the same process will apply to doing this in OpenOffice as well.

So go ahead and use the new rupee symbol until they come built-in in your word processors.

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