# 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. – Wolff Apr 11 '19 at 15:48
• Thanks for your comment. However the "^" symbol should be placed at the top of the letter X. – mgokhanbakal 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 – Tetsujin 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 – Tetsujin Apr 11 '19 at 15:56
• I am using Windows OS – mgokhanbakal 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: