Shortcut to Insert Degree Symbol (for Windows & Mac)

The Degree symbol is a character that cannot be easily typed in using the keyboard. This is only possible when you use a shortcut.

On this page, you’ll learn some of the shortcut ways you can use to insert this symbol.

Without any further ado, let’s get started.

The Degree Symbol quickest Shortcuts

The quickest shortcut to type the Degree Symbol is Alt + 0176 for Windows and Shift + Option + 8 for Mac. To use the Windows shortcut, press down the Alt key and type 0176 using the numeric keypad. For Mac, press and hold the Shift and Option keys, then hit once on the 8 key.

degree symbol shortcuts for both Windows and Mac

These are the quickest shortcuts for both Windows and Mac that can be used to type the degree symbol in any text editor like Google Docs or Microsoft Word.

Now let’s dive into the detailed methods you can use for this task.

Using the Degree Symbol Alt Code Shortcut

The degree symbol alt code shortcut is Alt + 0176.

The degree symbol alt code shortcut

You can use the character code to type in the degree symbol and any other symbol. This code is well known as the Alt Code. And it is used to type symbols that do not have a dedicated key on the keyboard.

Below are the steps you can use to easily type this symbol using the Alt Code method.

  • Click your cursor where you need to type or insert the symbol.
  • Press and Hold down the Alt key.
  • Whilst still holding on to the Alt key, type the Degree Alt Code (0176) using the numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard.
  • Then release the Alt key to get the symbol.

As soon as you release the alt key after typing the Alt code, the symbol will be typed into your document.

These are the steps you may take when it comes to using the degree symbol alt code.

Using the Degree Symbol Shortcut for Mac

The degree symbol shortcut for Mac is Shift + Option + 8.

degree symbol shortcut for Mac

If are using the Mac OS, you can easily type the degree symbol on your keyboard using this shortcut. To do this,

  • Click to place your cursor where you need the degree sign.
  • Press and hold the Option and the Shift keys.
  • Whilst holding to these keys, press once on the 8 key using the number keys at the top of the keyboard.

As soon as you hit the 8 key whilst holding to these two keys (Option & Shift) the symbol will be inserted exactly where you placed your cursor.

This is the second shortcut you can use to get this symbol on Mac.

Using Copy and Paste

Below is the degree symbol if you wish to copy and paste it into your document.

This is the shortest shortcut. I love to copy and paste symbols.

All you need to do is select the symbol on the web or on the character map, then hit Ctrl+C to copy, switch over to where you need it, and hit Ctrl+V to paste.

If you are on Windows, below are the steps to copy and paste the degree symbol using the character map.

  • Click on the Start button or key.
  • Start typing Character Map to search for the app.
searching for the Character Map on Windows
  • You should see the Character Map app in the search results. Click on it to launch it.
  • Once the Character Map is opened, click to check the Advanced view checkbox to expand for more options.
Click to check the character map Advanced view checkbox
  • On the Advanced view panel, you’ll should see a search bar. Type Degree in this search bar, then hit enter to search for the symbol.
Copy and paste the degree symbol using the character map on Windows
  • Once the symbol appears, double click on it to select it. If the symbol appears in the Characters to copy box, it means it has been selected.
  • When selected, click on the copy button to copy it into your clipboard. You can close the Character Map now.
  • Switch over to the application where you need the symbol, place your cursor at the right place, and hit Ctrl+V to paste the copied symbol.

And there you go.

These are the steps you may follow to copy and paste the degree symbol anywhere on Windows using the character map.

Using Insert Symbol Window

The Symbol window is a library of all the symbols available on a PC.

Obey the below steps to easily find and insert the degree symbol from this symbol library.

  • Click to position the insertion point at the place where you want to insert the symbol in the document.
  • Go to the Insert tab
Insert tab in Microsoft Word
  • In the Symbols group, select Symbol > More Symbols.
More Symbol button in MS Word

The Symbol dialog box will appear as shown below;

Symbol Window in Word
  • On the Symbols tab, make sure that the Font selection is set to the desired font. For more decorative symbols, choose Webdings, the Wingdings, or Symbol.
  • Scroll down until you see the desired symbol, and then click it. Or click the desired symbol in the Recently used symbols list.
  • To easily locate the degree symbol, type 00B0 in the Character Code box at the lower section of the window. The symbol will appear selected.
Inserting the degree symbol in Word
  • Click Insert, and then close the window.

Using the Insert Symbol Method, these are the steps involved.


As you can see in the above options, there are several shortcuts to insert or type the degree symbol anywhere for both Windows or Mac.

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Thanks for reading.

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