Shortcut to Type Plus or Minus Symbol on Keyboard (±)

The Plus or Minus Symbol (±) is a character that you cannot easily type with the keyboard. This is only possible when you use a shortcut.

On this page, you’ll learn some of the shortest possible ways you can use to insert this symbol including the keyboard shortcuts.

You can also use the button below to copy and paste this symbol for free.

Without any further ado, let’s get started.

The Plus Minus Symbol quickest Shortcuts

The shortcut to type the Plus or Minus Symbol is [ALT] + 0177 for Windows and [Option] + [Shift] + [=] for Mac. To use the Windows shortcut, press down the [ALT] key and type 0177 using the numeric keypad. For Mac, simultaneously press and hold the ‘Option’ and the ‘Shift’ keys then hit once on the ‘=’ key.

Plus or Minus keyboard shortcut

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

Now let’s dive into the rest of the sections that explain these shortcuts into detail plus some other amazing options.

Using the Plus or Minus Symbol ALT Code

The Plus or Minus symbol ALT code shortcut is [ALT] + 0177.

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Plus Minus alt code

You can use the character code to type in the Plus-Minus 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 Plus or Minus symbol ALT code (0177) 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 Plus or Minus Symbol ALT code.

Using the Plus or Minus Symbol Shortcut for Mac

The Plus or Minus Symbol shortcut for Mac is [Option] + [Shift] + [=].

Plus Minus Shortcut for Mac

If are using the Mac OS, you can easily do the Plus or Minus Symbol on your keyboard using this shortcut. To do this,

  • Click to place your cursor where you need the Plus or Minus sign.
  • Simultaneously press and hold the [Option] and the [Shift] keys.
  • Whilst holding down these keys, press once on the [=] key.

As soon as you hit the [=] key whilst holding to the Option and the Shift keys, the symbol will be inserted exactly where you placed your cursor.

This is just another shortcut you can use to type this symbol on Mac.

Using Copy and Paste Method

Below is the ‘Plus or Minus Symbol’ if you wish to copy and paste it into your document.


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

All you need to do is select the symbol on the web or 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 Plus or Minus 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 see a search bar. Type Plus Minus in the search bar, then hit enter to search for the symbol.
Copy Plus Minus Symbol
  • 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 Plus or Minus Symbol anywhere on Windows using the character map.

Using Insert Symbol in MS Office

The Symbol window is a library of all the symbols available on a PC. The feature is available on all the Microsoft Office apps including MS Word and Excel.

Obey the below steps to easily find and insert the Plus or Minus Symbol using the symbol library in Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint.

  • Click to position the cursor 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 Plus or Minus Symbol, type 00B1 in the Character Code box at the lower section of the window. The symbol will appear selected.
Inserting Plus or Minus Sign 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 Plus or Minus Symbol anywhere for both Windows or Mac.

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