It’s easy to type a degree symbol on any common keyboard.
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You can type a degree symbol with your keyboard using key combinations on a computer or numerical keyboard menus on a phone or tablet.
For instance, on a PC you can use the numpad code Alt + 0176; on a Mac, use Shift + Option + 8.
You can also use third-party apps to remap your keyboard, which can make the degree symbol easier to type.
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For as many keys as your keyboard holds, there are always hundreds more symbols that get left out. One of these is the degree symbol.
Luckily, the degree symbol is on your keyboard – just hidden behind a special code or action. Here’s how to type the degree symbol on your keyboard, whether you’re using a computer or phone.
How to type the degree symbol on a Windows PC
On a PC, you have a few options.
If you’re using a full-size keyboard with a numeric keypad (or “numpad”) on the right side, you can type the degree symbol with an Alt Code. These codes require you to hold down the Alt key and type a series of numbers on the numpad.
The degree symbol code is Alt + 0176. As soon as you let go of the Alt key, the symbol should appear.
Using the Alt Code is the fastest way to insert a degree sign.
The emoji menu
Windows 10 has a hidden emoji menu that lets you easily insert any emoji or special character into your text.
1. While you’re able to type, press the Windows key + . (period) to open the emoji menu.
2. At the top of the menu, click the omega symbol (Ω) to see the list of every special character.
3. Scroll down in the list until you find the degree symbol and click it to add it to your text.
The emoji menu lets you enter emoji or special characters.
Third-party keyboard remappers
Remapping is the process of changing what a specific button or key does. You can download apps and configure your keyboard so when you press a specific key, or enter a keyboard shortcut, it types out a degree symbol.
There are a few apps that let you create custom keyboard shortcuts, but the best for making special character shortcuts (like for the degree symbol) is probably CatchChar. It takes a little tinkering, but will let you insert any special character with a quick keyboard shortcut.
How to type the degree symbol on a Mac
To type the degree symbol on a Mac, press Shift + Option + 8.
You’ll press three keys at once to make a degree symbol.
Alternatively, press Control + Command + Space to open the Emoji & Symbols menu and then click Punctuation in the left sidebar. You’ll find the degree symbol in this list – double-click it to add it to your text.
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