# How to insert a circumflex symbol (^)

I would like to insert a circumflex on a letter as in latex \hat{X} in Adobe Illustrator.

I searched so many web pages but I couldn't find a quite decent solution.

• Which layout (language) does your keyboard have? I can just hit the ^-key on my keyboard followed by the letter to add the hat. It only works if the font contains that symbol - can't be used on any letter. Apr 11 '19 at 15:48
• Thanks for your comment. However the "^" symbol should be placed at the top of the letter X. Apr 11 '19 at 15:52
• Also, what OS? On Mac [UK Eng] it's opt/i then space [or option/i + any letter that can take a circumflex accent] eg ^ â ê î ô û Apr 11 '19 at 15:52
• To add it to any letter, such as X̂, you need the combining diacritical, which is U+0302 - method again will depend on OS Apr 11 '19 at 15:56
• I am using Windows OS Apr 11 '19 at 16:05

I think there's no way in Illustrator unless you have installed the language where it's used. Copy/pasting the symbol from Wikipedia the result is a simple X.

This image is the character X with -450 pt tracking followed by the circumflex, same size as the X, with these character parameters:

Making two character styles can accelerate the process:

This is the special character copy/paste result from Wikipedia to InDesign in Arial, Helvetica, Times and Avenir fonts:

The same in Illustrator:

• Is there no way to do combining diacriticals on Windows? I can copy/paste the wikipedia letter to here & it works X̂ - it's built of 2 elements, X and the combiner ̂, which does its own tracking shift. Apr 11 '19 at 16:23
• I'm a Mac user, maybe that's the difference, I will try with other fonts or applications
– user120647
Apr 11 '19 at 16:27
• I'm Mac too, copy/paste works, as does typing X then just digging out the right diacritical from the character viewer & double-clicking it. Apr 11 '19 at 16:29
• @Tetsujin Are you trying in Illustrator? I updated the answer with my attempts
– user120647
Apr 11 '19 at 16:37
• I don't have Illustrator; hmmm...I can do it anywhere else, but not in anything Adobe :\ Apr 11 '19 at 16:40