The degree symbol is a small, superscript zero. Most of you probably know the symbol from the weather report, where the indication “degrees in Celsius” indicates a temperature. However, degrees are also used for angles or longitudes and latitudes.
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If you only need the degree symbol once, you can copy it here and paste it into the desired document: °
It is of course more elegant to write the symbol yourself.
To do this, hold down the Shift key on the PC .
A new menu appears in which a number of additional characters are displayed. Swipe through the overview until the degree symbol appears.
Sometimes you may want to include the degree symbol to show temperature readings instead of typing the word “degrees”. However, this may not be as easy as it sounds because you can’t find the degree symbol on your keyboard. How do you type the degree symbol into a Word document?
You can just copy and paste it from a webpage where you want, in our case in Word. However, it’s much easier to use your keyboard. Therefore, in this post we will show you three easy ways to insert the degree symbol in MS Word.
Use the Symbol menu in Word
Microsoft Word and Libre Office have a built-in special characters menu in which you can insert the degree symbol. To access the icon menu in Word, do the following:
Select the “Insert” tab and navigate to the “Symbols” area on the far right of the screen..
Click the “More Icons” option and a rectangular grid will open with a full list of many different icons that you can use. Find the degree symbol and click on it. You can also see a description of the degree icon that you highlighted just above the AutoCorrect button.
Move the cursor where you want to insert the degree symbol in the Word document, then click the “Insert” button on the Character menu. Every time you open the Symbols menu you should see the degree symbol in the list of recently used symbols. This method can save you time by eliminating the need to repeat this process.
Use the keyboard shortcut
Keyboard shortcuts are easier alternatives, especially if you want to insert a symbol like a degree symbol, because you don’t have to scroll through a list of symbols to find the one you want. Fortunately, with this method, all you have to do is press a keyboard shortcut to insert the degree symbol anywhere in a Word document.
The bad thing about this method is that if your laptop keyboard doesn’t have a number pad, it may not work for you. Desktop models come with number pads, but most laptops don’t have the number pad to save space.
To insert the degree symbol, just follow these two steps.
Choose where you want to place the degree symbol.
While holding down the Alt key, enter “0176” using the keyboard.
For this method to work, the Num Lock key on your keyboard must be set to OFF. When it is on, the keyboard will not accept numeric input.
At the end of the program you should see the Advanced View box. Click to check it out. Skip this step if it is already enabled. The essence of checking the box is being able to easily find the degree symbol from a list of over a hundred symbols.
Now it will be easy to find the degree symbol. Enter “degree sign” in the search box as shown below, then click the search button. All other symbols are deleted, leaving only the degree symbol.
Double-click the degree symbol and then click “Copy”. Now switch to the Word document you want to paste it into and click Ctrl + V to paste it. You can use the same procedure to insert any other special character in Word or a web page.