How to Type the Congruent Symbol

By Bob Romanov

In geometry, two figures are congruent if they have the same size and shape. Rather than typing, "Triangle ABC is congruent to Triangle XYZ," it is more convenient to use a mathematical symbol to indicate congruence. The mathematical symbol for congruence looks like an equal sign (=) with a tilde (~) on top. You can access this special character in Microsoft Word and swiftly insert it into your document.

Step 1

Place the cursor where you want to insert the congruent symbol.

Step 2

Click on the Insert menu.

Step 3

Select "Symbol" from the menu. A pop-up will appear with a wide selection of symbolic characters from which to choose.

Step 4

Click on the congruent symbol from the pop-up. Click "Insert." This will insert the character into the document.

Tips & Warnings

  • After you have inserted the symbol once via these steps, you can then copy and paste the character every subsequent time you use it, saving time and mouse clicks.