How to Type / Insert Degree Symbol in Word

3 Ways to Insert Degree Symbol in MS Word

  • Using the keyboard shortcut
  • Using the Symbol dialog box
  • Using the Character Map tool

Let’s get started!

Method 1: Using the Keyboard Shortcut

Step 1: Launch the MS Word program.

Step 2: Open a new or existing document.

Step 3: Position your mouse cursor to where you want to insert the degree symbol.

With your document already open, identify the part where you will insert the degree symbol. Once identified, click on it to place your mouse cursor on that area.

You can also highlight a word to replace it with the degree symbol once it is inserted.

Step 4: Turn off Num Lock.

Before you can proceed with the shortcut keys combination, ensure that the Num Lock on your keyboard is turned off. Some keyboards are equipped with light indicators to show users if the Num Lock is currently on or off.

If your keyboard doesn’t have this feature, you just have to test its state. Try typing a number using your numeric keypad. If the number does not appear on your screen, then Num Lock is currently on.

Toggle the state by simply pressing the Num Lock key on your keyboard. Once it is turned off, you can now proceed with the next step.

Step 5: Press the shortcut keys.

Now that the Num Lock has been turned off, you can already use the shortcut keys. Hold the Alt key on your keyboard and use the numeric keypad to press the keys 0,1,7,6 respectively.

Once done, release the Alt key to insert the degree symbol.

Method 2: Using the Symbol Dialog Box

Step 1: Open a Word document.

Step 2: Move your mouse cursor to the part where the degree symbol will be inserted.

Step 3: Access the Symbol dialog box.

Click the Insert tab on the ribbon to make it active. From here, locate the Symbol drop-down button and click it.

This action will display a list of the recently-used symbols under it.

If you haven’t used a degree symbol recently, it probably won’t appear in the list yet. For this reason, you’ll need to click the More Symbols button.

Step 4: Find and insert the degree symbol.

With the Symbol dialog box already active, find the degree sign on the list of symbols.

Use the vertical scroll bar to scroll through the list until you find the symbol.

You can confirm the name of a symbol under the label Unicode name, which is located on the lower-left corner of the dialog box.

Once you have found the degree sign, just click on it and click the Insert button.

The dialog box will not close yet to let you insert additional symbols. Once you are done, just click the Close button.

Method 3: Using the Character Map Tool

You can also use the Character Map application to insert a degree symbol into your documents. It’s good to know that this is a pre-installed program, and you can also utilize this in other applications, not just MS Word.

To properly utilize this program in MS Word, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open a document in MS Word


Step 2: Determine where you need to insert the degree symbol.

Step 3: Launch the Character Map application.

In this step, you’ll need to find and search the Character Map program, which, as stated earlier, is a pre-installed program. Press the Windows key on your keyboard and immediately type “Character Map”. Doing this will let your system find the application. Click it from the result to open the program. 

Step 4: Copy the degree sign on the Character Map application.

With the Character Map application already open, you need to search for the degree symbol on it. Located at the bottom of the window is the Advanced view checkbox.

Tick this checkbox to display the search controls.

In the search box, type “Degree” and click the Search button beside it to find the symbol.

The program automatically filters the list and will display only symbols that are related to your search condition. 

From the result, double click the degree symbol. Notice that the symbol appears on the Characters to copy field. Click the Copy button to store the selected symbol in your clipboard. After which, you can exit the Character Map application.

Step 5: Paste the degree sign to the document.

Now that you have successfully copied the degree sign from the Character Map application, you can already paste it into your document.

Press Ctrl and V keys simultaneously on your keyboard to paste the copied sign.

Notice that the symbol will appear on where your mouse cursor is currently located.


We hope you found this article helpful!

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