13 Methods for Adding a Degree Symbol With a Keyboard or App

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published September 29, 2021

Sometimes you may want to add special characters to your document, program or website, such as a degree symbol ("°"). You might need a degree symbol in your text for a range of reasons, like when you're performing geometry calculations or writing about temperatures. Instead of repeatedly copying and pasting a degree sign into your text, you can use features offered by various devices, programs and operating systems. In this article, we discuss when you might want to use the degree symbol and explore 13 different methods for creating a degree symbol on your keyboard or through an application.

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When to use the degree symbol

You may want to include a degree symbol in your written document for a range of reasons, such as when you're writing about:

  • Geometry

  • Geographic coordinates or GPS data

  • Temperatures

  • Measurements

How to create a degree symbol

There are many ways to insert a degree symbol into your text document. The best method for you may vary depending on a range of factors, like the type of device or program you're using. Following are 13 different methods for creating a degree symbol:

How to make a degree symbol with a Windows OS using keyboard shortcuts

If you're using a Windows operating system (OS), Microsoft keyboard shortcuts can help you write a degree symbol while using a variety of programs. To use these keyboard shortcuts, you need a full-sized keyboard that has a numeric keypad, sometimes referred to as a numpad. Here are four steps for inserting a degree symbol with your keyboard while using a Microsoft OS:

  1. Open the file or program and click on the location where you want to insert the degree symbol.

  2. Hold down the "Alt" key on your keyboard.

  3. At the same time, press "0176" on your keyboard.

  4. Release the "Alt" key on your keyboard. The degree symbol can then appear on your screen.

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How to insert a degree symbol on Windows with the emoji keyboard

Devices that run on a Windows 10 operating system have an emoji keyboard or menu. This special keyboard helps you easily enter unique characters into a range of files and programs. Following are the steps for creating a degree symbol on a Windows 10 operating system using the emoji menu:

  1. Press your Windows key plus the key for your period on your keyboard.

  2. On the new emoji menu that appears, click on the omega symbol ("Ω"). The operating system can then display every special character in its roster.

  3. Scroll down the menu until you see the degree symbol.

  4. Click on the symbol to add it to your text.

How to make a degree symbol with Windows OS using the Character Map

The Character Map is a built-in feature that runs on Microsoft OS. When you open the Character Map app, you can view all the available letters and special characters for each font on your computer. Here is how to use the Character Map app on your Windows device to insert a degree symbol:

  1. Click on your Windows Start menu or press the Windows key on your keyboard.

  2. In the search bar, type "character map."

  3. The search results can then present you with the Character Map application. Click on it.

  4. At the bottom of the new Character Map window that appears, check the box next to the text that reads "Advanced View."

  5. In the search box, type "degree sign," then press the "Search" button. This causes the Character Map page to clear all characters except for the degree symbol.

  6. As an alternative to step 5, you can also scroll down to the sixth row in the Character Map window, where you can find the degree symbol.

  7. Double click on the symbol.

  8. Below the boxes of special characters, look for the button that reads "Copy." Click on it.

  9. Open the program or file where you want to insert the degree symbol.

  10. Paste the degree symbol into the program or file by right-clicking and pressing the "Paste" option from the drop-down or pressing the "Control" and "V" keys on your keyboard.

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How to insert a degree symbol using voice dictation on Windows OS

With Windows's built-in voice dictation or speech recognition software, you can easily insert special characters through voice commands. Following are the steps for adding a degree symbol while using voice software on a Microsoft OS:

  1. Open your document or program and click on the place in the text field where you want to insert the degree symbol.

  2. Open your dictation toolbar by pressing your Windows key along with the "H" button on your keyboard.

  3. Say "degree symbol" out loud.

  4. Your dictation tool then automatically creates a degree sign for you.

How to create a degree symbol on a Mac with keyboard shortcuts

A Mac operating system offers users multiple ways to insert the degree symbol. If you have a Mac laptop or computer, you can use keyboard shortcuts to make a degree symbol. Here is how to insert a degree symbol on a Mac OS that has a keyboard:

  1. Open your program or file and click on the exact place where you want to insert the degree symbol in your text.

  2. Simultaneously press the "Shift," "Option" and "8" keys on your keyboard.

  3. Your Mac keyboard then converts this keyboard shortcut into a degree symbol.

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How to make a degree symbol on a Mac using menu features

Computers and laptops that run on a Mac OS offer built-in features for inserting special characters. Here is how to access these built-in features on your Mac device and create a degree symbol:

  1. Open the document, program or website where you want to add the degree symbol.

  2. Click the "Edit" button at the top of your screen.

  3. On the drop-down menu that appears, click on the button that reads "Emoji and Symbols."

  4. Select the tab on the left-hand side of your screen that reads "Punctuation." You might need to first click on the "Expand" option in the top right corner of the window before you see this feature.

  5. Look for the degree symbol in the third row of special characters.

  6. Click on this symbol to add it to your text field.

How to insert a degree symbol using voice dictation on Mac OS

if you prefer to control your Mac device with voice dictation software, you can use voice commands to add a degree symbol. Here is how to use your voice dictation software while using a Mac computer or laptop:

  1. Click on the place in your app or on a website where you want to add the degree symbol.

  2. Go to your menu bar at the top of your screen and select "Edit."

  3. On the drop-down menu that appears, select the option that says "Start Dictation."

  4. Say "degree sign" out loud.

  5. Your Mac voice detection software can recognize this command and automatically add a degree symbol to your text.

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How to insert a degree symbol on Microsoft Word

Users who own Microsoft Word can access built-in features in this program to easily insert a degree symbol. This process works on multiple versions of Word, including Microsoft 365 along with the 2013, 2016, 2019 and 2021 versions of Word. Here's how you can add a degree symbol into your text on Microsoft Word:

  1. if you have a full keyboard, you can simply use a keyboard shortcut. Simultaneously press your "Alt" key and numbers "0176."

  2. If you don't have a full keyboard, you can use the Microsoft menu features at the top of the program. Click on the "Insert" tab followed by the "Symbol" option that appears next to an icon of an omega.

  3. At the bottom of the drop-down menu that appears, click on the text that reads "More Symbols."

  4. Pick the font that you want to use.

  5. From the subset drop-down menu, select "Latin-1 Supplement."

  6. Locate the degree symbol on the menu of special characters that appears. Click on the degree symbol, then press "Insert."

How to create a degree symbol in Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel makes it easy for you to add degree symbols into your spreadsheets. Following are the steps for inserting a degree symbol using Microsoft Excel's built-in features:

  1. Open Microsoft Excel and click on the cell where you want to insert the degree symbol.

  2. Type "=CHAR(176)" and then press the "Enter" button on your keyboard.

  3. This action causes a degree symbol to appear inside your designated cell.

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How to insert a degree symbol on iPhone or iPad

IOS devices like iPhones and iPads allow you to use their mobile keyboards to make degree signs. Following are the steps for adding a degree symbol while using an iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open an app on your iOS device that can use your mobile keyboard, such as a web browser or text messenger.

  2. Tap on the area where you want to type the degree symbol.

  3. At the bottom left of the keyboard that appears, click the "123" button.

  4. This action prompts your keyboard to display a set of numbers and special characters. Press and hold the "0" button at the top right of your keyboard.

  5. On the new pop-up menu that appears, click on the degree symbol.

How to create a degree symbol with Android

Users with an Android mobile device or tablet can access features on their keyboard to create a degree symbol. This method works with both the Samsung keyboard and the Google G board. Following are the steps for adding a degree symbol using your Android OS:

  1. Tap on a mobile app that can access your Android keyboard.

  2. Click on the text field area where you want to type your degree symbol.

  3. Find a button in the bottom left-hand corner that reads either "?123" or "!#1." Click on it.

  4. If you use a Samsung keyboard, click the button that says "1\ 2." If you're on a Google Gboard, tap the button that reads "=\ <."

  5. No matter which keyboard you use on your Android device, this should prompt a page of special characters to appear. Click on the degree symbol to add it to the designated place in your text.

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How to enter a degree symbol on Chromebook or Linux

If you have a Chromebook or Linux computer or laptop, you can use unique built-in tools to add a degree symbol. These devices call this system Unicode. Here is how to insert a degree symbol while using a Chromebook or Linux:

  1. Open the website or program and click the area where you want to insert the degree symbol.

  2. Simultaneously press your "Control," "Shift" and "U" buttons on your keyboard.

  3. If you have a Linux, type "B0." If you're using a Chromebook, type "00B0."

  4. Press your spacebar or the "Enter" key. Your Chromebook or Linux then converts the text into a degree sign.

How to insert a degree symbol using remapping tools

if you're willing to download third-party applications, you can use keyboard remapping software to create a degree symbol. Remapping refers to the process of configuring your keyboard to change what happens when you press various buttons or use unique keyboard shortcuts. Here's how to use remapping tools to create degree symbol:

  1. Search online for a remapping tool that works for your OS and device.

  2. Download or install the keyboard remapper. Be sure to only download third-party software from organizations that you trust.

  3. Use the remapper tool to designate one of your keyboard buttons or a keyboard shortcut to automatically create a degree symbol when pressed.

Please note that none of the organizations mentioned are affiliated with Indeed.

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