How to Get the Mean Symbol in a Word Document

By Shea Laverty

From its 2010 edition onward, Microsoft's Word program features integrated equation capability, including the availability of all descriptive mathematics symbols. These include the x-bar and mu, symbols used to indicate the sample mean and population mean in equations respectively. Obviously, these symbols aren't readily available on your keyboard, but by using the Equation and Symbol tools, you can easily add them.

Sample Mean

Step 1

Launch Microsoft Word and open the desired document.

Step 2

Place the cursor where you need the x-bar symbol.

Step 3

Click the "Insert" tab and select the "Equation" tool.

Step 4

Click "Accent" from the Equation Design tool and select "Bar."

Step 5

Click beneath the bar symbol and type "x." This replaces the bar with the mean symbol, which you can then copy and paste as necessary throughout the rest of the document.

Population Mean

Step 1

Place the cursor where you need the mu symbol.

Step 2

Click "Insert," followed by "Symbol."

Step 3

Click "More Symbols" and locate mu from the list. You can then easily copy and paste this symbol throughout the rest of your equations.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use the Equation and Symbols tools to create other mathematical symbols for your equations.
  • Alternatively, you can make a mu symbol by holding down "Alt" and entering "230" on your number pad with number lock enabled.