How to create a degree symbol?

The degree symbol  is easy to add to the texts you write, both offline and online. Since this symbol is common and used for recipes, math, weather reports, etc., it is useful to know how to insert it.

Note that the method you use depends on the version and type of Microsoft Office program.Use the Symbols command. This command works in Excel, FrontPage, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word and Visio.Go to the Insert menu.

Click on Symbol.

Scroll down to the degree symbol – º – and double click on it. It will now be inserted at the cursor location.

Use the Windows Character Map.

If you are using Microsoft Windows XP, go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools and then Character Map.

If you are using Windows 2000, go to Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Character Map.

Scroll until you find the degree symbol. Click Select and then Copy. Then click Paste to insert the symbol


Insert the degree symbol using the keyboard

This method works in Excel, FrontPage, InfoPath, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, Word and Visio.

Press NUMLOCK on your keyboard if required. (Make sure NUMLOCK is ON)

Hold down ALT (on some keyboards this only works with the left ALT button) and press 0176 on the numeric keypad. This only works if you are using the numeric keypad.

Use AutoCorrect to create a degree symbol. This method works with Word 2002 and higher. It is a preset AutoCorrect hotkey to quickly insert the degree symbol.

Press CTRL + @, then press the space bar. The symbol should now appear.

If your version of Word doesn’t allow this, you can still use AutoCorrect to define the degree symbol according to your preferences:

Go to the Insert menu.

Click Symbol, then click the Symbols tab.

Select the degree symbol.

Click AutoCorrect.

You will now see the degree symbol in the With box.

Type the character or word you want to associate with the degree symbol in the Replace box. An easy one is “gradensym”.

Click Add, then click OK.

Use this word or character in Word in your text and the degree symbol will appear (if Autocorrect is enabled).

Use the keyboard. Tap the Option key and then the zero (0). The symbol will appear in your text as Ready.

Insert degree symbol in windows

Use the methods indicated above for Microsoft Office products. This does not apply to the use of the character codes. In many cases, the keyboard shortcuts will also work the same on the Mac, if you are using Microsoft Office. Just try.

You can also create a degree symbol using superscript in combination with the letter ‘o’.

For example, if you want to indicate 60 degrees, dial 60o first. Select the “o”.

Select Font. After selecting the last character, right click on it and select ‘Font’.

Check Superscript. Click OK.

Press NumLock. Use the ALT key (on some keyboards this only works with the left Alt) and the numeric keypad to enter the extended ASCII code, 248.

Use the Insert Symbol function as described above under “Microsoft Office Products”. Just copy and paste.

Use the Character Map.

In Windows XP: Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Character Map.

Click on the degree symbol, Select, Copy.

Go back to Gmail or another email program and hold down CTRL-V, after which the symbol will be pasted into the email.

For Mac users: Just use the same keyboard method described above. Place the cursor where you want the degree symbol to be, press Option and a zero (0), after which the symbol will be inserted. Note that the type of browser you are using will affect this option.


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