Sunday, July 18, 2010

How to type the Indian Rupee symbol - Rupee Font, PSD and more

The Indian Rupee Symbol was finalized a few days ago by the Union Cabinet. The country didn’t have an international symbol until now. Previously the Indian currency was typed as INR which is an abbreviation of “Indian Rupees”. The new symbol for the Indian Rupee, which was designed by a postgraduate at  Indian Institute of Technology, looks like this:

rupee

Now the question on everyone’s mind is how to type it using the keyboard? The symbol doesn’t have a Unicode character and it can take from a few months to a year for the new symbol to get accepted by the Unicode Consortium's Unicode Technical Committee that is responsible for the development and maintenance of the Unicode Standard, including the Unicode Character Database.

Until that happens, you can use the Rupee font designed by Foradian Technologies. The symbol has been mapped to the (`) key of the keyboard as shown below.

rupee_keyboard

Just download the Rupee.tff file and install it (How to install font? Windows XP users copy the file to C:\Windows\Fonts directory. Windows Vista/7 users right-click the file and choose “Install”)

rupee_office

It is advised not to use this font in your documents such as Word, as all computers are unlikely to have this font installed. This means that when such a document is opened on another computer the viewer will not be able to see the symbol. The Rupee font is strictly for designing purposes.

Foradian Technologies has also released Vector, EPS, Photoshop and Illustrator files for the Rupee symbol. All of these are free to download and use.

rupee-foradian

8 comments:

  1. Well, if you use the option to embed the font within the Word document as described here - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290952

    even users without the font installed will be able to view the symbol, but only within the confines of the document.

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  2. please download indian rupee Symbol font from <a href="http://www.progment.com>progment.com</a>.

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  3. @Sparx that's informative. Will have to write about this trick. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Here is a way to use the new Indian Rupee symbol on websites. http://axemclion.github.com/rupee. More details at http://blog.nparashuram.com/2010/07/use-new-symbol-for-indian-rupee-already.html

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  5. please download indian rupee Symbol font from
    http://www.artechinfo.in/Products.html

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  6. http://shubhamshastri.blogspot.com/2010/07/rupee-font-created-by-indus.html
    u can download it..
    IndusRupee : Rupee Symbol Font for Computer & Mobile Phone, Created.

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  7. how to type Indian rupee font in notepad++? I have to design a website where I want to use new INR font. Can anybody help me?

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  8. Kriss, you can't type the Rupee symbol in Notepad++ because it doesn't have a Unicode equivalent yet.

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