how to insert degree symbol in word

How to Insert Degree Symbol in Microsoft Word

A degree symbol (°) is a must for various science and temperature related documents. I often get asked how to insert a degree symbol in a MS Word document. The process is quite simple and I am going to break down the various methods below.

How to Insert Degree Symbol in Microsoft Word

Method 1 involves the more traditional way of inserting symbols to a Word document. Here are the steps:

  1. Place the cursor where you wish the degree symbol to appear.
  2. From the Ribbon, click on Insert > Symbol > More Symbols.
    insert degree symbol in word
  3. When the Symbols dialog box appears, choose the font you are working with. Then, scroll down until you locate the degree symbol and click on it.
    insert degree symbol from dialog box in word
  4. Click on Insert and the degree symbol will appear in your document.

Insert Degree Symbol in Word – Method 2

Method 2 involves using a keyboard shortcut to quickly add a degree symbol to a document. However, you will not be able to use this method on a laptop keypad. You must have a full keyboard with a 10 digit numeric keypad to the right, like the one shown below:

insert degree symbol using numeric keypad shortcut

To add the degree symbol, press ALT + 0176. Upon release of the ALT key, a degree symbol will appear.

If you are using a Mac, press option shift 8.

You can also simply copy this degree symbol from this article and paste it into your Word document. Go ahead, copy this degree symbol ° and paste it on your document. It works just as fine.

Turning an O into a Degree Symbol in Word

You can also turn the good old letter “O” into a degree symbol. To do this, type lowercase o where you wish the degree symbol to appear. Then, highlight the letter o and click on superscript icon. The letter o will turn into a degree symbol.

letter o degree symbol superscript

There you go, these are the various ways you can insert a degree symbol into your Word document.

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