How to Type Degree Symbol in Word (° Symbol)

Are you struggling to insert the degree symbol in the word document? Follow the below steps to quickly type the degree symbol in Word on Windows.

More often than not, we need to use a specific symbol to convey the information correctly. For instance, you need to write or mention degrees when talking about temperature.

The thing is, there are a lot of weird symbols in different fields of study. Of all the odd symbols, the degree symbol is widely used for various reasons like writing temperature, angles, etc. Though widely used, it is not that obvious how to type the degree symbol in a Word document.

You can search for the symbol and paste it into the document. However, knowing how to insert a degree symbol without using third-party tools or other tricks is helpful.

There are multiple ways to type the degree symbol in a Word document. I will show the three most simple and sure ways to insert the degree symbol in this post. Follow the method you like. The good thing is that all three methods are pretty easy to remember.

Table of contents:

Insert degree symbol with Keyboard shortcut

You can use a simple keyboard shortcut to type the degree symbol in a Word document for ease of use.

Place the cursor where you want to insert the degree symbol, press the Ctrl + Shift + @ keyboard shortcut, and press the Space key.

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If you are wondering, you should press the Space key immediately after the first shortcut. Otherwise, the degree symbol is not inserted.

Yes, it is a weird shortcut, but it gets the job done. So, all is good.

Use Word options to type the degree symbol

Word has a dedication section that lists a variety of symbols, including the degree symbol. You can insert or type the degree symbol from this particular section. All you have to do is find the symbol and insert it.

  1. Open the Word document.
  2. Place the cursor where you want to type the degree symbol.
  3. Go to the “Insert” tab.
  4. Click the “Symbol > More symbols” option.
  5. Find the degree symbol.
  6. Select the degree symbol and press “Insert.”
  7. With that, the degree symbol is inserted.

Steps with a bit more detail:

Open the Word document and place the cursor where you want to insert the degree symbol. Next, click on the “Insert” tab and then click on the “Symbol -> More Symbols” option.

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The above action will open the Symbols window. Find the degree symbol, select it, and click on the “Insert” button. You can find the degree symbol right underneath the alphabet section. You don’t have to scroll far down.

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As soon as you press the Insert button, the degree symbol is inserted immediately.

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The good thing is, when you select a symbol, the window will show the corresponding keyboard shortcut, if available. You can assign or change the shortcut by clicking on the “Shortcut Key” button if you want to.

Copy the degree symbol from the Character Map tool

Just as Word has the Symbols feature, Windows has a built-in tool called Character Map that lists all symbols, including the degree symbol. Let me show you how to use the character map tool to type the degree symbol in a Word document.

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Search and open the “Character Map” tool.
  3. Select the “Advanced View” checkbox.
  4. Type “degree” in the “Search for:” field.
  5. Select the degree symbol.
  6. Click the “Select” button.
  7. Press the “Copy” button.
  8. Go to the Word document.
  9. Place the cursor where you want.
  10. Paste the degree symbol with the “Ctrl + V” shortcut.

Steps with a bit more detail:

First, open the start menu, search for Character Map and click on it. Alternatively, you can also use the command charmap in the Run dialog box.

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The above action will open the Character Map tool. Here, select the Advanced View checkbox. Next, type degree in the “Search for:” field and click on the Search button.

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The Character Map tool will show the degree symbol as soon as you do that. Now, select the degree symbol and click the Select button.

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Next, press the Copy button to copy the degree symbol to the clipboard.

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Once copied, you can paste the degree symbol anywhere you want, including in the Word document.

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That is all. It is that simple to type the degree symbol in a Word document.

I hope this simple Word how-to guide helped you.

If you have any questions or want to share your methods, comment below.

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