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