How to Do a Degree Symbol on the Keyboard

The degree symbol is displayed to show temperature, whether Celsius or Fahrenheit. The symbol is usually shown to the left of the "C" or "F," depending on what unit of temperature is displayed, and following a number. The symbol is a small circle that appears near the top of the other letters. You can type the degree symbol on your keyboard whether you are using a Windows computer or a Mac.

Using a Windows Computer

Step 1

Open the document software or word processor you are using to type the "Degree" symbol.

Step 2

Verify the light next to "Num Lk" is on. This lets you know the 10-key section of the keyboard is turned on and activated. If it's not, push the "Num Lk" button.

Step 3

Push and hold down the "Alt" button on your keyboard. There are two buttons; they are on either side of the space bar.

Step 4

Type "0176" on the 10-key section of the keyboard. The "degree" symbol appears.

Using a Mac

Step 1

Open the document or word processing software you are using to type the "degree" symbol.

Step 2

Press and hold the "Option" key on the bottom part of the keyboard.

Step 3

Tap the "Shift" and "8" keys at the same time, while holding "Option."

Tip

If you are using a Windows laptop, you'll need to use the character map to copy the "degree" symbol and then paste it into the document. Open the map by opening the start menu, then "All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character Map." Click on the "degree" symbol and click "Copy."

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