The degree symbol (**°**) is used to represent or quantify arc (90**°**), temperature (**°**C or **°**F), alcohol proof or diminishing quality of music harmony. To insert degree symbol in Word, there are four different ways.

## Four different ways to type degree symbol in Microsoft Word

To insert degree (°) sign or symbol in Ms Word, place the cursor where you want to insert sign and follow any of the following 4 methods

### 1: Using Insert > Symbols

**Step 1**: Click **Insert **Menu > **Symbol **in **symbols **group.

**Step 2**: Select **More Symbols**.

Step 3: Select **“normal text”** from **Font **drop-down.

Step 4: Choose **“Latin-1 Supplement”** from the **Subset **drop-down.

**Step 5**: Locate the degree symbol and **Double click** it to insert and close the symbol dialogue box by clicking **cancel/close **button.

### 2: Math Autocorrect Shortcut for Degree Symbol (Fastest of all)

To type degree symbol type **“\degree<sp>”**, where <sp> is space.

This method uses Math Autocorrect feature of Ms Word. It is Ms Word alternative to LaTeX and is very helpful while typing mathematical equation and symbols. For more shortcut on typing Equations and Symbols visit our blog on Complete Reference to Math Autocorrect Shortcut in Ms Word.

By default this feature is only active inside Equation Editor. However, following one time setting allows you to use it outside of equation editor too .

- 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.

### 3: Alt X Method for Degree Symbol

To insert degree sign, type **“00b0”** or **“00B0”** and press **Alt+X** immediately following it. Note the **Alt+X** code for degree sign is **“zero zero b zero”** and is case insensitive.

### 4: Alt Code Method for Degree Symbol

Number pad keys opens up additional method (i.e. Alt code). To insert degree sign using this method:

**Hold**down**Alt**key and- Type
**0176**i.e. Alt code for degree symbol **Release Alt**key

## Summary

There are at least four different ways to type degree symbol in Ms Word. Of these, Math autocorrect method is the fastest and easy to remember. Though Alt Code and Alt X method is next fastest, you need to remember unique code to get degree symbol.

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Thank you for taking the time to share these details. The ALT+X code worked well for me. I can see how the equation editor method would be the fastest, particularly if you need to use the symbol repeatedly.

Welcome dear. Thanks for sharing your feedback.