How to Do Degree Sign on Mac

Alicia Santos

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How to Do Degree Sign on Mac

If you’re using a Mac and need to type the degree symbol (°) in your text, there are a few different methods you can use. In this tutorial, we’ll explore these methods step by step.

Let’s get started!

Method 1: Keyboard Shortcut

The quickest way to insert the degree sign on your Mac is by using a keyboard shortcut. Here’s how:

  1. Place your cursor where you want to insert the degree symbol.
  2. Press and hold the Option key on your keyboard.
  3. While holding the Option key, press the letter K.

Once you release the keys, the degree symbol (°) will appear at the cursor’s position. It’s that simple!

Method 2: Character Viewer

If you prefer a visual approach or don’t remember keyboard shortcuts easily, you can use the Character Viewer tool on your Mac:

  1. Navigate to the menu bar at the top of your screen and click on the Edit option.
  2. In the dropdown menu, select Emoji & Symbols. This will open up the Character Viewer window.
  3. In the search bar of the Character Viewer, type “degree” or “symbol”. You should see various symbols including the degree sign (°).
  4. Select the degree sign (°) from the list by clicking on it.
  5. The selected symbol will be inserted at your cursor’s position in the active text field.

Using the Character Viewer is a handy method when you need to insert symbols that are not readily available on your keyboard.

Method 3: AutoCorrect

Another option on Mac is to set up an AutoCorrect entry for the degree sign. This way, whenever you type a specific combination of characters, it will automatically replace it with the degree symbol. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select System Preferences.
  2. In System Preferences, click on Keyboard.
  3. Switch to the Text tab.
  4. Click on the “+” button at the bottom left of the window to add a new entry.
  5. In the “Replace” field, enter a combination of characters that you want to trigger the degree symbol (e.g., “deg”).
  6. In the “With” field, paste or type in the degree symbol (°).
  7. Close System Preferences.

From now on, whenever you type your chosen combination of characters followed by a space or punctuation mark, it will be automatically replaced with the degree symbol (°).


In this tutorial, we explored three different methods for typing the degree sign (°) on a Mac. Whether you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, visual tools like Character Viewer, or setting up AutoCorrect entries, there’s a method that suits your needs.

Experiment with these options and choose what works best for you. Enjoy typing symbols effortlessly on your Mac!

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