How to Write Degrees in Word

By Misty Rodriguez

There are many different symbols that can be created simply by pressing the "Shift" key plus the corresponding number. These symbols include @, $, & and *, which are some of the most used symbols. However, if you need to insert the degree symbol (°) into one of your Microsoft Word documents to show the temperature or the degree of an angle, you need to press more than a few keys to make it appear.

Use the Symbol Menu

Step 1

Open the Microsoft Word document to which you want to add the degree symbol.

Step 2

Click on the exact position where you want the degree symbol to appear.

Step 3

Select the "Insert" tab on the top of the screen.

Step 4

Click on the arrow to the right of "Symbol," and select the degree symbol from the drop-down menu. It will appear in the document, right where you placed the cursor.

Use the Command Code

Step 1

Press the "NumLk" key on your keyboard. If you have a desktop with a separate number pad, this key should be located in the top left-hand corner of the number pad. If you use a laptop, the "NumLk" key is usually the "F11" key. You must first press "Fn" and hold it down while you press "F11."

Step 2

Press the "Alt" key and hold it down.

Step 3

Use the number pad to enter "0176." If you use a laptop, you must use the numbers located within the letters, not the number located at the top of the keyboard. The key sequence should be "MJ7O" on most laptops. The degree symbol will appear as soon as you type the last number.

Tips & Warnings

  • Turn the "NumLk" key off if you are using a laptop once you're done inserting the degree symbol. Leaving it on will interfere with your typing, because it will create numbers instead of letters.
  • If you work on a Mac, place your cursor where you want the symbol to appear and then hold down the option key and type a zero (0).