How to Type the Degree Symbol on a Laptop

Sometimes you need to use the degree symbol (°) in a document or somewhere else when you are using your laptop. It is surprising how many people do not know how to do this. A common question that we get is “how to type degree symbol on a laptop?”

So we created this guide to answer this question. Suppose you have not had to use the degree symbol before; it is very likely that you will have to one day. By reading this guide, you will know how you can type the degree symbol using your laptop.

Some people use a long-winded way to type the degree symbol because they do not know the shortcut ways. For example, they will perform a Google search and find a web page with the degree symbol in it. They will then copy the symbol and try to paste it into their document.

The problem with doing this is that it takes more time and there is the possibility that the fonts will not match. You have copied a degree symbol from a web page that uses one font and copied this into a word processor document that uses another font. It could end up with the degree symbol looking very strange in the document.

Okay, so you may correct this in your document, but this adds more time to the whole process. Wouldn’t it be better if you just knew how to type a perfect degree symbol using your laptop and not had to bother with copy and paste from a web page? You know that this makes sense, so read out and learn how to achieve this.

We will show you how you can type the degree symbol using either a Windows-based or Mac-based laptop. Then we will show you how to do it using various applications. You will be surprised how easy it is to do this when you know the secret. So let’s get on with it, shall we?

Typing the Degree Symbol on a Windows Laptop with the Character Map

You want to use the Windows Character Map to find the degree symbol. So in the windows search bar, type in Character map. Now you will see the Character Map option in the results. Click on this to open the application.

You should now see many different characters that you can use with your Windows laptop. Look at the bottom of the application for the Advanced View and check the associated box if it is not already checked.

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A search bar with the title Search for will appear at the bottom of the screen. You can now type in the degree sign and then click on the Search button. This should clear away all of the other symbols except the degree symbol. Alternatively, you can scan through the symbols until you find the degree symbol.

When you have the degree symbol in the view, double-click on it. This will create a copy of the symbol into the Characters to copy field. All that you need to do now is to click on the Copy button. This will copy the symbol to the Windows clipboard.

Now you can open an application like Notepad to paste into it. If you are using another application such as MS Word, you can directly paste the degree symbol. Maybe you are sending an email and need to include the degree symbol? Just paste the symbol into your email client as you are composing your email.

You can also paste the degree symbol into social media applications if necessary to use it for a post or a message. In fact, in any application where you can enter any text, you can paste the degree symbol into it.

Typing the Degree Symbol on a Windows Laptop with a Keyboard Shortcut

Another way to type the degree symbol when using a Windows laptop is to use a keyboard shortcut. This is quicker than having to open the Character Map and searching for the degree symbol so that you can copy and paste it.

Here you will need to hold down the ALT key on your keyboard and then type either 248 or 0176. Once you have entered the numbers, let go of the Alt key. It is best to use this method when you have a document or page open (such as your email client), as it will enter the degree symbol straight away. There is no copying and pasting involved here.

 This keyboard shortcut might only work if you have a numeral pad on the right-hand side of your keyboard. It may not work if you use the number keys, which appear above the letters at the top of your keyboard. 

Typing the Degree Symbol on a Mac Laptop

If you have a Mac laptop such as a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, typing the degree symbol is quite a bit different from a Windows laptop. You need to have a document open or an email client or web page where you want to insert the degree symbol.

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Your cursor needs to be in the position where you want the degree symbol to appear. This is important as this method will automatically add the degree symbol, and you do not want it to end up in the wrong place.

As with a Windows laptop, there are two ways that you can type the degree symbol with a Mac laptop. You can use a keyboard shortcut to insert the degree symbol into your document or wherever you want it to appear.

It would be best if you pressed a combination of keys at the same time to insert the degree symbol. You can either use the combination of the Shift key and the Option key and the number 8 (Shift + Option + 8); or you can try using two keys together, which are Alt and the number . It would help if you pressed these keys at the same time for this to work correctly.

The other method of inserting a degree symbol is to click on the Edit menu. There will be a drop-down box that appears and you need to select the Emojis & Symbols option. This will open the Mac Character Viewer (similar to the Windows Character Map).

There will be tabs on the left-hand side and you need to select Punctuation. If you do not see this, try using the Expand option to provide more choices. You should see the degree symbol in the third row down to the right. Here are two choices of degree symbols, which are small and large.

Double click on either the small degree symbol or the large degree symbol and this will immediately insert the symbol where your cursor is in a document or web page etc. You do not have to perform a copy and paste operation here.

Typing the Degree Symbol using specific applications

If you are using a word processing application such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs, you can easily add the degree symbol to your documents. In Microsoft word, you need to place your cursor in the position that you want the degree symbol to appear.

Then click on the Insert option in the menu bar. At the far right of the menu bar, you will now see a Symbols section and you will have the choice of either Equation or Symbol. Click on the Symbol option.

If you cannot see the degree symbol here, click on More Symbols and a window will open with lots of symbols available. The degree symbol is usually near the top as it is used a lot. Just click on the degree symbol and it will automatically insert the symbol in your document where your cursor is.

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The process with a Google Doc is similar. Position your cursor in your document where you want the degree symbol to appear. Click on the Insert tab and then select Special Characters. Select the Arrows drop-down menu and then Miscellaneous. You will now see the degree symbol and you can click on it to insert it into your document.

Since the age of 16, Prayas has been enthralled with all things tech. As a result, he’s developed an extensive skillset that has allowed him to help people with their computer and smartphone problems. When he’s not at his PC, you can find him riding his motorbike.


  1. Hot to type in the ° symbol for windows:
    Just type it in in the search bar.

    This article doesn’t actually explain how to type the degree symbol for windows, it just tells you to type it in the search bar somehow, without copying it. Where would you get it from? You can’t type it normally, how are you supposed to enter it into the search bar? If that requires you to copy it, you might as well copy it from somewhere online and skip all this.

    • On Apple device, hold down the number zero you will see a popup displaying the degree symbol, clicking it will past it into the document.

      This is really a good article. He did explain two things, 1. How Microsoft programed it to work, 2. How to use the Character Map.

      Using a web search for a degree symbol will take considerably longer, plus taking you out of the document being typed. Important, using the web for the degree symbol, what you copy may not match the font being used in your document. Truly, this is a very good article. Thank you, Prayas Chakma.

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