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Ms Word Shortcut for Degree Celsius (°C)

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One of the most common unit of temperature is degree Celsius denoted as °C. The most common and incorrect way to type °C is to type oC and turn o into superscript. In our earlier blog we have shown several different ways to get degree and degree Celsius symbol. However, hidden inside Ms Word is a much cooler, faster and smarter way to type °C symbol.

Shortcut for Degree Celsius (°C)

To get °C, type \degc and hit space.

Basically, we are using Math Autocorrect shortcut to insert °C. This shortcut works only in equation editor by default. However, you can use it outside equation editor also using the following one-time step.

Enabling \degc Shortcut (set it once and use it forever)

To make this shortcut work follow these steps.

  • Go to Files → Options to open Word Options
  • Navigate to Proofing and click AutoCorrect Options button to open Auto Correct window
  • Navigate to Math Autocorrect tab
  • Check the box against Use Math Autocorrect options outside Math region
  • Click Ok and close all the above windows.
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How to enable “Use Math Autocorrect outside Math Region”


The hidden Ms Word shortcut for degree Celsius (°C) symbol is \degc. To convert it into °C symbol, hit space after it. To make this work you need to activate Math Autocorrect shortcut as described in this blog.

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