This blog covers following methods to type standard deviation symbol, sigma (σ) in Ms Word

### 1. **Autocorrect Magic:**

*Type \sigma and hit space to get σ.*

This is Ms Word’s hidden autocorrect feature and is like having a built in LaTeX. It makes writing Math (and equations) in Ms Word really easy. It contains most of the Math shortcut available in LaTeX.

### One time setting to Activate Math Autocorrect feature outside **math region**.

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.

### 2. **Symbol Library:** Most common and intuitive way

- Go to the
*Insert tab*and choose**Symbol***More Symbols*. - Select
subset. Search and click*Greek and Coptic***σ**symbol. - Click
and*Insert*the Symbol Window.*Close*

### 3. **Shortcut Sorcery:** Alt X Method

*Type 03C3 and press Alt + X immediately after it.*

### 4. **Font Wizardry:** Only if you have dedicated Numpad

This Alt method works only if you have dedicated Number Pad in keyboard. In this method while hold Alt key and you type Alt code (numbers) of the symbol.

*To get standard deviation symbol, sigma (σ), hold Alt key and type 229 using dedicated Numpad. *

### 5. **Copy-Paste Charm:**

Sometimes simplicity wins. Copy the sigma (standard deviation) symbol **(σ)** from this page and sprinkle it into your document.