How to Insert Degree Symbol In Google Docs

Google Docs allows you to insert a variety of symbols in your document. One such symbol is the degree symbol. The degree symbol is used for showing degrees of temperature, hours, arc and more. If you are a math or science student, you will probably be using the degree symbol a lot.

It is easy to insert a degree symbol in Google Docs. There are several methods you can use to do this. In this article, we will be discussing the following.

3 methods of inserting a degree symbol in Google Docs: 

  • Using a keyboard shortcut for the degree symbol
  • Inserting the degree symbol using the special character’s option in the ‘Insert’ menu
  • Automatically inserting a degree symbol by changing your Google Docs preferences

Note that this article is intended for complete beginners. So, you can follow along even if you have very little to no experience with Google Docs.

With that introduction, let’s learn the 3 methods. 


Method 1: Using a keyboard shortcut for the degree symbol 

The first method involves using a keyboard shortcut for inserting a degree symbol. This is the most convenient method of all the 3 methods so we recommend that you use this one. 

Below are the steps for this method. 

Step 1: Open your Google Docs document. 

The first step is to open the Google Docs document in which you would like to insert the em dash. To do this, type docs.google.com in your browser’s search bar, then press Enter (or Return if you are using a Mac). This will take you to the Google Docs homepage. Make sure that you are first signed in to your Google account. Otherwise, you will not be able to see the homepage.

Once you are on the Google Docs homepage, you can open a new file. You can either create a new document or select an existing one. 

To create a new blank document, click on the plus sign at the top of the screen. You can also type docs.new in the search bar of your browser and press Enter or Return. This will open a new tab with the blank Google Docs document. 

You can also create a new document by selecting one of the templates from the template gallery. Google Docs gives you many options for templates: reports, resumes, class notes, etc.

If you want to open an existing document, just select a file under ‘Recent documents’. This will open the file in a new tab. 

Step 2: Place your cursor in the location where you would like to insert the degree symbol. 

The next step is to make sure that your cursor is in the location where you would like to insert the degree symbol. If you have a blank document, type out a few sentences before you correctly place the cursor. 

You can do this by clicking on the location in your document where you would like the cursor to appear. You should now see the blinking cursor at the point where you clicked. 

Step 3: Press Alt (or the Option key) and the 0 keys at the same time to insert the degree symbol. 

Finally, press the Alt (which is also called the Option key on the keyboard of a Macbook) and the 0 keys at the same time. This will insert the degree symbol in your document. 


Method 2: Inserting the degree symbol using the special characters option in the ‘Insert’ menu

The next method of inserting the degree symbol involves going to the special characters window from the ‘Insert’ menu. Here, you can find different kinds of symbols. These include symbols that are specific to certain languages (such as Greek or Latin) and mathematical symbols. You can just search for the degree symbol and click on it to insert it in your document.

The downside of using this method is that it takes more time and effort than the other methods. This method is useful if you want to insert other special characters/symbols, along with the degree symbol. 

Now, let’s learn the steps for this method. 

Step 1: Click on the ‘Insert’ tab at the top left corner of the screen. 

The ‘Insert’ tab is located in the top left corner of the screen. Click on it to open the ‘Insert’ drop down menu. 

Step 2: Click on the ‘Special Characters’ option from the Insert drop down menu. 

The ‘Special Characters’ option is somewhere in the middle of the Insert drop down menu. Click on it to open the Special Characters window. 

In this window, you can search for and insert various symbols in your document. There are 3 main ways of searching for symbols in the Special Characters window. The first is to type it in the search bar at the top right corner of the window. This method is useful if you know the name of the symbol you would like to insert. You can just type the name of the symbol in the search bar and press Enter or Return. The window will display some search results that you can choose from. 

The second way of searching for symbols is by drawing them in the drawing box. This method is useful if you don’t know what the symbol looks like but don’t know its name. You can just draw the symbol in the box and some search results will appear in the window. 

The last method of searching for symbols is by using the drop down menus at the top of the window. The first drop down menu allows you to choose the category of your symbol (e.g. punctuation marks, emojis, etc.). Based on the option you choose, you will be shown more drop down menus. 

Step 3: Type ‘degree’ in the search bar and press Enter or Return. 

We will be using the first method of finding and inserting symbols in our document. Just type ‘degree’ in the search bar at the top right corner of the window. Then, press Enter (or Return, if you are using a Mac). Doing this will display some symbols in the window. 

Step 4: Place your cursor in the position where you would like to insert the degree symbol. 

Click on the point where you would like the degree symbol to appear in the document. This is important to make sure that the symbol is inserted in the right place. 

Step 5: Choose the symbol you would like to insert in your document from the special characters window. 

From the search results, click on a symbol you would like to insert in your document. There are different types of degree symbols so make sure to choose carefully. 

Step 6: Close the special characters window. 

Finally, once you have inserted all the symbols you would like to have in your document, close the window. You can do this by clicking on the ‘x’ at the top right corner of the window. 


Method 3: Automatically inserting a degree symbol by changing your Google Docs preferences

The last method of inserting a degree symbol in Google Docs is by changing the preferences. You can change your Google Docs preferences such that every time you enter a particular symbol, it automatically changes to the degree symbol. 

The benefit of this method is that it will save you a lot of time and effort in the future. The downside is that it will be harder to use the symbol that you are replacing. 

With that introduction, here are the steps for this method. 

Step 1: Click on the ‘Tools’ tab at the top left corner of the screen. 

The ‘Tools’ tab is located at the top left corner of the screen. Click on it to open the ‘Tools’ drop down menu. 

Step 2: Click on the ‘Preferences’ option from the Tools drop down menu. 

The ‘Preferences’ option is at the bottom of the Tools drop down menu. Click on it to open the ‘Preferences’ window. 

Step 3: Click on the ‘Substitutions’ tab in the Preferences window. 

In the Preferences window, you should see 2 tabs: General and Substitutions. Click on the ‘Substitutions’ tab. Here, you can choose how you would like to replace certain symbols. For example, you can replace –> with →. This means that every time you type the first symbol (–>), it will automatically be replaced by the second symbol (→). 

Step 4: Choose a symbol to replace with the degree symbol. Create an entry in the Substitutions tab.

Next, pick a symbol that you would like to replace with the degree symbol. This should be a symbol that you don’t use very often. One example of such a symbol could be `. 

Then, create an entry in the tab. The first row in the tab is empty. In the first cell, enter the symbol that you would like to replace with the degree symbol. In the second cell, enter the degree symbol. Press Alt (or Option) plus the 0 key to insert this symbol. Here’s an example:

To save the changes, click on ‘OK’ at the bottom right corner of the screen. This will close the window. 

(Optional) Step 5: Test whether the change works. 

Finally, you can test whether or not the change in preferences works. Type the symbol that you chose to be replaced and press the spacebar. The symbol should automatically be changed into the degree symbol. 


Conclusion 

This brings us to the end of the article. Since we covered a lot today, here’s a brief recap of the main points. 

There are different ways of inserting the degree symbol in your Google Docs document. We talked about 3 methods in this article. 

The first method is to use a keyboard shortcut. Press Alt (or Option, if you’re using a Mac) and 0 on your keyboard to insert the degree symbol. 

The second method is to use the Special Characters option in the Insert menu. Open the Special Characters window and type the word ‘degree’ in the search bar. Press Enter or Return to see the search results. Click on one of the symbols in the window to insert it in your document. 

Finally, you can insert the symbol by changing your Google Docs preferences. Select the Preferences option from the Tools drop down menu to open the Preferences window. Go to the Substitutions tab: in the first cell, enter the symbol you would like to replace. In the second cell, enter the degree symbol. Click on OK and make sure that this works. 

Thank you for reading! 

Want to add Degree Symbol in MS Word? Check this guide.

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