How to Make a Divide Sign With Your Keyboard

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Use keys on the numeric keypad to type a division sign.

When typing math text on the computer, people typically use the slash mark, the character sharing the key with the question mark, for division. Another division sign is a horizontal slash with a dot above and below the line. Word processing programs typically include this division sign in their bank of symbols. If you are using a keyboard with a numeric keypad, it is possible to produce this symbol by typing a series of keys. The numeric keypad is usually on the right side of the keyboard—it is not the numbers along the top of the keyboard.


Step 1

Move the cursor to the area on the page where you want to insert the division sign.

Step 2

Press the number lock key ("Num Lock") to lock the numbers on the numeric keypad. This key is located in the numeric keypad. A light on the keyboard normally indicates that the lock key is on.

Step 3

Press the “Alt” key, and hold it down.

Step 4

Type the number “0247” while continuing to hold the "Alt" key.

Step 5

Release the “Alt” key, and the division sign will appear.