# Division sign (÷) in Word and its shortcut

Division sign (÷), written as a horizontal line with dot above and below it. It often incorrectly written as “/”. There are three different ways to write the correct division sign in Word. Place the cursor at the desired location and use any of the following methods.

## Method 1: Insert > Symbol

- Navigate to
**Insert Tab > Symbols**and click on**More Symbols..**to open Symbol window - Select
**normal text in Font**and**Latin-1 Supplement in Subset** **Search**for**÷**symbol and**double click**to insert.- Click Cancel to close the Symbol Window

## Method 2: Math Autocorrect Shortcut

Type \div and press space to get ÷ symbol. This math autocorrect shortcut for division sign works only inside equation editor by default. However, using the following one time setting, you can make it work outside equation editor too.

### Steps to Enable Math Autocorrect Outside Equation Editor

- Click
to open*Files → Options**Word Options* - Navigate to
and click**Proofing**button to open*AutoCorrect Options*window*Auto Correct* - Navigate to
tab*Math Autocorrect* the box against*Check***“***Use Math Autocorrect options outside Math region*“- Click
**Ok**and close all the dialogue boxed.

## Method 3: Alt Code

Number pad keys on keyboard opens up the third shortcut to insert division symbol. Hold down Alt key and press 246 or 0247 (an alt code for division sign: 246 or 0247) to get ÷ symbol.

## Summary

Three methods to insert division sign in Word are as follows

Method | Description |
---|---|

Insert > Symbol | Navigate to Insert Tab > Symbols and click on More Symbols.Select normal text in Font and Latin-1 Supplement in Subset and double click on ÷ symbol to insert it |

Math Autocorrect Shortcut | Type \div and press space. It works in equation editor, but with one time setting, it can work outside equation editor too. |

Alt Code | Hold Alt key and type 0247 or 246 (Alt code for ÷) in Number Pad. It works only with Number Pad. |