How to Enter a Degree Sign

Entering text onto a computer is usually an uncomplicated process, whether you use a word processing program, a text editor, an email program or you enter text for communicating on the Internet. You may find characters that you cannot simply enter with a specific key, however. The degree sign is one of these special characters that requires a specific sequence of keystrokes to create the symbol. If you use a word processing program such as Microsoft Word, you can use the special symbol menu to enter a degree symbol.

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Create a degree sign with a keyboard command.

General Applications

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Position your cursor where you wish to enter the degree sign.

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Press the “Num Lock” key on your keyboard to enable the numeric keyboard. You may see a light indicating that you enabled the numeric keyboard.

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Hold down the “Alt” key with one finger.

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Enter “0176” while holding down the “Alt” key. You should see a degree sign appear.

Microsoft Word

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Position your cursor where you wish to use a degree sign.

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Click “Insert” and then click the small arrow to the right of the “Symbol” menu.

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Scroll down through the available symbols until you see the degree sign.

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Click the degree sign to insert it into your text.