How to Put a Greater Than or Equal to Sign in a Word Document

By Filonia LeChat

Mathematical philosophers know that most equations aren’t always as simple as one plus one equals two. With Microsoft Word, inserting a greater than or equal to sign into your Word document can be as simple as pressing the Equal keyboard key or the Greater Than keyboard key, but there is also a way to insert these characters as actual equations. It requires a tour through some of Word’s back-end features to make everything add up.

Step 1

Launch Word 2013 and open the document to insert the symbols. Click the “File” tab, click the “Info” link and click the “Convert” button. Click “OK” in the pop-up warning window. Skip this step if your document was created with Word 2013.

Step 2

Scroll to the equation and click it to enable the purple Equation Tools tab and ribbon. Note that if you do not have a Word 2013 equation and it is not clicked, this tab and ribbon do not appear.

Step 3

Click the “Design” tab and scroll through the symbols collection.

Step 4

Position the cursor where you want to add the equal to or greater than sign. These appear in the Basic Math section.

Step 5

Click once on each symbol to add them to your equation.

Tips & Warnings

  • Another shortcut for inserting these two symbols is to click the "Insert" tab. Click the "Symbol" or "Equation" menus on the right side of the ribbon, then choose the preferred symbol from the drop-down menus.
  • These instructions are written for Microsoft Word 2013 users. There may be several differences in menus, buttons, features and operations with earlier or later versions of the software.