Arrow (symbol)

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An arrow is a graphical symbol such as → or ←, used to point or indicate direction, being in its simplest form a line segment with a triangle affixed to one end, and in more complex forms a representation of an actual arrow (e.g. U+27B5). The direction indicated by an arrow is the one along the length of the line towards the end capped by a triangle. Arrows are also used, in some cultures, as a sign of danger, depending on the direction the arrow is pointing.

North arrow[edit]

North arrow is used in floor plans and maps to indicate the direction to the north.

Arrows in Unicode[edit]

In Unicode, the block Arrows occupies the hexadecimal range U+2190–U+21FF, as described below.

SymbolNameSymbolNameSymbolNameSymbolName
HexHexHexHex
Picture of this SymbolPicture of this SymbolPicture of this SymbolPicture of this Symbol
Leftwards ArrowRightwards Arrow With LoopUpwards Paired ArrowsLeftwards Arrow To Bar
U+2190U+21acU+21c8U+21e4
U+2190.svgU+21AC.svgU+21C8.svgU+21E4.gif
Upwards ArrowLeft Right Wave ArrowRightwards Paired ArrowsRightwards Arrow To Bar
U+2191U+21adU+21c9U+21e5
U+2191.svgU+21AD.svgU+21C9.svgU+21E5.gif
Rightwards ArrowLeft Right Arrow With StrokeDownwards Paired ArrowsLeftwards Thick Arrow
U+2192U+21aeU+21caU+21e6
U+2192.svgU+21AE.svgU+21CA.svgU+21E6.gif
Downwards ArrowDownwards Zigzag ArrowLeftwards Harpoon Over Rightwards HarpoonUpwards Thick Arrow
U+2193U+21afU+21cbU+21e7
U+2193.svgU+21AF.svgU+21CB.svgU+21E7.gif
Left Right ArrowUpwards Arrow With Tip LeftwardsRightwards Harpoon Over Leftwards HarpoonRightwards Thick Arrow
U+2194U+21b0U+21ccU+21e8
U+2194.svgU+21B0.svgU+21CC.svgU+21E8.gif
Up Down ArrowUpwards Arrow With Tip RightwardsLeftwards Double Arrow With StrokeDownwards Thick Arrow
U+2195U+21b1U+21cdU+21e9
U+2195.svgU+21B1.svgU+21CD.svgU+21E9.gif
North West ArrowDownwards Arrow With Tip LeftwardsLeft Right Double Arrow With StrokeUpwards Thick Arrow From Bar
U+2196U+21b2U+21ceU+21ea
U+2196.svgU+21B2.svgU+21CE.svgU+21EA.gif
North East ArrowDownwards Arrow With Tip RightwardsRightwards Double Arrow With StrokeUpwards Thick Arrow On Pedestal
U+2197U+21b3U+21cfU+21eb
U+2197.svgU+21B3.svgU+21CF.svgU+21EB.gif
South East ArrowRightwards Arrow With Corner DownwardsLeftwards Double ArrowUpwards Thick Arrow On Pedestal With Horizontal Bar
U+2198U+21b4U+21d0U+21ec
U+2198.svgU+21B4.svgU+21D0.svgU+21EC.gif
South West ArrowDownwards Arrow With Corner LeftwardsUpwards Double ArrowUpwards Thick Arrow On Pedestal With Vertical Bar
U+2199U+21b5U+21d1U+21ed
U+2199.svgU+21B5.svgU+21D1.svgU+21ED.gif
Leftwards Arrow With StrokeAnticlockwise Top Semicircle ArrowRightwards Double ArrowUpwards Thick Double Arrow
U+219aU+21b6U+21d2U+21ee
U+219A.svgU+21B6.svgU+21D2.svgU+21EE.gif
Rightwards Arrow With StrokeClockwise Top Semicircle ArrowDownwards Double ArrowUpwards Thick Double Arrow On Pedestal
U+219bU+21b7U+21d3U+21ef
U+219B.svgU+21B7.svgU+21D3.svgU+21EF.gif
Leftwards Wave ArrowNorth West Arrow To Long BarLeft Right Double ArrowRightwards Thick Arrow From Wall
U+219cU+21b8U+21d4U+21f0
U+219C.svgU+21B8.svgU+21D4.svgU+21F0.gif
Rightwards Wave ArrowLeftwards Arrow To Bar Over Rightwards Arrow To BarUp Down Double ArrowNorth West Arrow To Corner
U+219dU+21b9U+21d5U+21f1
U+219D.svgU+21B9.svgU+21D5.svgU+21F1.gif
Leftwards Two Headed ArrowAnticlockwise Open Circle ArrowNorth West Double ArrowSouth East Arrow To Corner
U+219eU+21baU+21d6U+21f2
U+219E.svgU+21BA.svgU+21D6.svgU+21F2.gif
Upwards Two Headed ArrowClockwise Open Circle ArrowNorth East Double ArrowUp Down Thick Arrow
U+219fU+21bbU+21d7U+21f3
U+219F.svgU+21BB.svgU+21D7.svgU+21F3.gif
Rightwards Two Headed ArrowLeftwards Harpoon With Barb UpwardsSouth East Double ArrowRight Arrow With Small Circle
U+21a0U+21bcU+21d8U+21f4
U+21A0.svgU+21BC.svgU+21D8.svgU+21F4.gif
Downwards Two Headed ArrowLeftwards Harpoon With Barb DownwardsSouth West Double ArrowDownwards Arrow Leftwards Of Upwards Arrow
U+21a1U+21bdU+21d9U+21f5
U+21A1.svgU+21BD.svgU+21D9.svgU+21F5.gif
Leftwards Arrow With TailUpwards Harpoon With Barb RightwardsLeftwards Triple ArrowThree Rightwards Arrows
U+21a2U+21beU+21daU+21f6
U+21A2.svgU+21BE.svgU+21DA.gifU+21F6.gif
Rightwards Arrow With TailUpwards Harpoon With Barb LeftwardsRightwards Triple ArrowLeftwards Arrow With Vertical Stroke
U+21a3U+21bfU+21dbU+21f7
U+21A3.svgU+21BF.svgU+21DB.gifU+21F7.gif
Leftwards Arrow From BarRightwards Harpoon With Barb UpwardsLeftwards Squiggle ArrowRightwards Arrow With Vertical Stroke
U+21a4U+21c0U+21dcU+21f8
U+21A4.svgU+21C0.svgU+21DC.gifU+21F8.gif
Upwards Arrow From BarRightwards Harpoon With Barb DownwardsRightwards Squiggle ArrowLeft Right Arrow With Vertical Stroke
U+21a5U+21c1U+21ddU+21f9
U+21A5.svgU+21C1.svgU+21DD.gifU+21F9.gif
Rightwards Arrow From BarDownwards Harpoon With Barb RightwardsUpwards Arrow With Double StrokeLeftwards Arrow With Double Vertical Stroke
U+21a6U+21c2U+21deU+21fa
U+21A6.svgU+21C2.svgU+21DE.gifU+21FA.gif
Downwards Arrow From BarDownwards Harpoon With Barb LeftwardsDownwards Arrow With Double StrokeRightwards Arrow With Double Vertical Stroke
U+21a7U+21c3U+21dfU+21fb
U+21A7.svgU+21C3.svgU+21DF.gifU+21FB.gif
Up Down Arrow With BaseRightwards Arrow Over Leftwards ArrowLeftwards Dashed ArrowLeft Right Arrow With Double Vertical Stroke
U+21a8U+21c4U+21e0U+21fc
U+21A8.svgU+21C4.svgU+21E0.gifU+21FC.gif
Leftwards Arrow With HookUpwards Arrow Leftwards Of Downwards ArrowUpwards Dashed ArrowLeftwards Open-Headed Arrow
U+21a9U+21c5U+21e1U+21fd
U+21A9.svgU+21C5.svgU+21E1.gifU+21FD.gif
Rightwards Arrow With HookLeftwards Arrow Over Rightwards ArrowRightwards Dashed ArrowRightwards Open-Headed Arrow
U+21aaU+21c6U+21e2U+21fe
U+21AA.svgU+21C6.svgU+21E2.gifU+21FE.gif
Leftwards Arrow With LoopLeftwards Paired ArrowsDownwards Dashed ArrowLeft Right Open-Headed Arrow
U+21abU+21c7U+21e3U+21ff
U+21AB.svgU+21C7.svgU+21E3.gifU+21FF.gif

Arrows by Unicode plane[edit]

Arrows[1]
Unicode.org chart (PDF)
 0123456789ABCDEF
U+219x
U+21Ax
U+21Bx
U+21Cx
U+21Dx
U+21Ex
U+21Fx
Notes
1.^ As of Unicode version 6.3
Supplemental Arrows-A[1]
Unicode.org chart (PDF)
 0123456789ABCDEF
U+27Fx
Notes
1.^ As of Unicode version 6.3
Supplemental Arrows-B[1]
Unicode.org chart (PDF)
 0123456789ABCDEF
U+290x
U+291x
U+292x
U+293x⤿
U+294x
U+295x
U+296x
U+297x⥿
Notes
1.^ As of Unicode version 6.3
Miscellaneous Symbols and Arrows[1]
Unicode.org chart (PDF)
 0123456789ABCDEF
U+2B0x
U+2B1x
U+2B2x
U+2B3x⬿
U+2B4x
U+2B5x
U+2B6x
U+2B7x
U+2B8x
U+2B9x
U+2BAx
U+2BBx
U+2BCx
U+2BDx
U+2BEx
U+2BFx
Notes
1.^ As of Unicode version 6.3
Dingbats[1]
Unicode.org chart (PDF)
 0123456789ABCDEF
U+270x
U+271x
U+272x
U+273x
U+274x
U+275x
U+276x
U+277x
U+278x
U+279x
U+27Ax
U+27Bx
Notes
1.^ As of Unicode version 6.3

See also[edit]