3 Ways to Insert the Degree Symbol in MS Word

Sometimes you may want to insert the degree symbol to show temperature readings rather than typing the word “degrees.” However, this might not be as easy as it sounds because you won’t find the degree symbol on your keyboard. So how do you type the degree sign in a Word document?

You could simply copy it from a webpage and paste it wherever you want, in our case in Word. However, it’s much easier to use your keyboard. That’s why in this post we’ll show you three simple ways to insert the degree symbol in MS Word.

Microsoft Word and Libre Office come with a built-in special characters menu that you can use to insert the degree sign. To access the symbols menu in Word, simply follow the steps below:

1. Select the “Insert” tab and navigate to the “Symbols” section towards the far-right end of the screen. Click the “Symbols” icon, and you should see a list of the most common or recently used symbols.

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2. Click the “More Symbols” option, and a rectangular grid with a full list of many different symbols that you can use will open. Locate the degree sign, and click on it. You’ll also be able to see a description of the degree symbol you’ve highlighted just above the “AutoCorrect” button.

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3. Move the cursor to where you want to insert the degree sign in the Word document, then click the “Insert” button in the characters menu. Now, every time you open the Symbols menu, you should see the degree sign in the list of the recently used symbols. This method can save you time,  as you’ll never have to repeat this process again.

Shortcut keys are easier alternatives especially when you want to insert a symbol like a degree sign, as you won’t need to scroll through a list of symbols to find the one you want. Fortunately, with this method you just need to hit a combination of keys to insert the degree sign anywhere in a Word document.

The bad thing about this method is that it might not work for you if your laptop keyboard doesn’t have a number pad. Desktop models come equipped with number pads, but most laptops forgo the number pad due to space limitations.

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To insert the degree sign, simply follow these two steps.

1. Select where you want to place the degree sign.

2. While holding down the Alt key, use the keypad to type “0176.” Release the Alt key, and the degree sign will appear.

Note: for this method to work, the Num Lock on your keyboard MUST be turned to OFF. If it’s ON, the keyboard will not accept numerical input.

To use this method, follow the steps below. I used Windows 10, but it can also work on Windows 7 and Windows 8.

1. Type “Character Map” in the search box and hit Enter. This will search your computer for the Character Map program.

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2. Double-click the Character Map desktop app that will populate. Doing so will open the program. Here you’ll find a list of countless symbols and characters.

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3. At the bottom of the program, you should see the “Advanced view” box. Click to check it. Skip this step if it’s already checked. The essence of checking the box is to be able to easily find the degree sign from a list of over one-hundred symbols.

4. Now it’ll be easy to locate the degree sign. Type “degree sign” in the search box as illustrated below, then click the search button, and all the other symbols will clear leaving behind only the degree sign.

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5. Double-click the degree sign, then click “Copy.” Now go to the Word document where you want to insert it, and click Ctrl + V to paste it. You can use the same procedure to insert any other special character into Word or a webpage.

There you have it, the various ways to insert the degree symbol into a Word document. To a novice, inserting special characters might be a challenging task. But to an experienced person, it should take just a few clicks to get the job done.

Do you know of other simple ways to type the degree sign into MS Word? Share with us in the comments section below.

10 comments

  1. Kenneth,
    In the Note section, you wrote”…Num Lock on your keyboard MUST be turned to OFF.” I think you meant Num Lock must be turned ON.

    • Oops! That’s an error that I didn’t catch. The Num Lock should be ON not OFF. Thanks Squarecut for pointing out that one.

  2. ahhhmmm…, WHAT!?

    the best and easiest way to type the degree symbol is to hold shift and press the key under esc wit the arrow / degree sign on it ….

    • That depends on the keyboard layout, in the portuguese layout the degree symbol is next to the right shift key, and it works pressing AltGr+ this key. But yes, i suppose most keyboards must have the degree symbol somewhere…

  3. I made it even easier by adding “(0)” to my autocorrect table where it is replaced by °F which is much easier for me to remember. I chose this combination – left paren, zero, right paren – as it follows the pattern for other Word shortcuts – (r), ™, etc.

    And thanks for pointing out the advanced view on the character map. I was unaware of that feature.

  4. If you take a closer look in case’s 1 picture you see the shorcut key wich is “ctr +@,space”, whenever you want to type the degree symbol just press this combination ” ctr + @ (shift +2) and after you press the space button you will see the degree symbol to apear. I tried and it worked

  5. I would program autocorrect to insert the degree symbol. For instance – program autocorrect to replace \d with the degree symbol. Then everytime you type \d, it will be replaced with the degree symbol. Use a letter string that you would normally never type.

  6. I have a problem with my notebook keyboard, not regarding degree symbol, but slash and interrogation symbols do not work.

    These methods work fine, but my patience to find them, put together with the fact that ALT key isn’t working the right way too, led me to a dumb solution: I created an Excel sheet with all characters using ASCII. I also included a general description for characters, like “letter”, “dash”, “backslash”, “accented letter” and so on to ease filtering.

    Further, I bought a Bluetooth keyboard, more comfortable to type, that has every key working fine. Not so far, when I travel, I get back to my Excel sheet…

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