This tutorial shows how to insert playing card symbols in Microsoft Word.
The four traditional playing card symbols—the heart, club, diamond, and spade—were popularized in the fifteenth century.* In fact, we might consider them antique emoji because they have a storied history of expressing emotion well beyond the gaming table. This longevity makes them an excellent option for adding universal symbolism to your documents—to your informal documents, that is.
Don’t miss the bonus section: At the end of this tutorial, we’ll also look at how to use playing card symbols as bullet points.
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The images shown here are from Word for Microsoft 365. These steps also apply to Word 2021, Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, and Word 2010. However, your interface may look slightly different in those older versions of the software.
How to Insert Playing Card Symbols
- Place your cursor where you want to insert the symbol.
- Select the Insert tab in the ribbon.
- Select the Symbol button in the Symbols group.
- Select More Symbols from the menu.
- Select one of the following from the Font menu in the Symbol dialog box:
- Times New Roman
- Courier New
- Lucida Sans Unicode
Important Note: The playing card symbols are part of font files. The fonts listed above should be available to most Word users. However, the playing card symbols may be included in other fonts installed on your computer.
- Select Miscellaneous Symbols from the Subset menu. (You don’t have to make this selection if you chose Symbol in step 5 because the Symbol font doesn’t have any subsets.)
- Select the playing card symbol you want from the symbol menu.
As shown in the table below, the symbols don’t look the same in every font, so you may want to explore multiple options to find the style that best suits your content.
- Select the Insert button.
Your symbol should appear in your text immediately.
Pro Tip: You can insert multiple symbols without closing the Symbol dialog box.
- Select the Close button to close the Symbol dialog box.
After inserting your symbol, you can select it and change the font size and color just as you would regular text.
How to Use Playing Card Symbols as Bullet Points
If you already have a bulleted list that you want to convert to playing card symbols, select the entire list before performing the following steps.
- Select the Home tab in the ribbon.
- Select the Bullets menu arrow in the Paragraph group.
- Select Define New Bullet from the menu.
- Select the Symbol button in the Define New Bullet dialog box.
- Select a playing card symbol from the Symbol font menu.
Alternatively, you can choose one of the fonts listed in step 5, above, and then select a symbol from the Miscellaneous Symbols Subset menu, as shown in step 6, above.
- Select the OK button to close the Symbol dialog box.
- Select the OK button to close the Define New Bullet dialog box.
Create your bulleted list using Word’s bullet tool as you normally would.
* “Playing Card Suits,” Wikipedia.
Updated February 23, 2022