How to Do the Degree Symbol on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

How to Do the Degree Symbol on Mac

Do you need to type the degree symbol (°) on your Mac but don’t know how? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of easily inserting the degree symbol into your documents, emails, or any other text field on your Mac.

Option 1: Use the Keyboard Shortcut

The simplest way to type the degree symbol on a Mac is by using a keyboard shortcut. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Place your cursor where you want to insert the degree symbol.
  2. Step 2: Press and hold the Option key on your keyboard.
  3. Step 3: While holding down the Option key, press the letter K.
  4. Step 4: Release both keys simultaneously.

That’s it! The degree symbol (°) should now appear at the cursor’s location.

Option 2: Use the Character Viewer

If you prefer using a graphical interface, macOS provides a built-in tool called “Character Viewer.” Here’s how you can access it:

  1. Step 1: Click on the Apple menu located at the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Step 2: Select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Step 3: In the System Preferences window, click on “Keyboard.”
  4. Step 4: Switch to the “Input Sources” tab.
  5. Step 5: Enable the option called “Show keyboard and emoji viewers in the menu bar.”
  6. Step 6: Close the System Preferences window.
  7. Step 7: Click on the new icon that appears in your menu bar (it looks like a small flag).
  8. Step 8: Select “Show Emoji & Symbols” from the drop-down menu.

A new window will appear, showing various symbols and characters. In the search box at the top right of the window, type “degree.”

The degree symbol (°) should be displayed. Double-click on it to insert it into your document or text field.

Option 3: Use HTML Entity Codes

If you’re working with HTML code, you can use HTML entity codes to represent special characters like the degree symbol. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Place your cursor where you want to insert the degree symbol in your HTML code.
  2. Step 2: Enter “°” (without quotes) at that location.

When you view your HTML page in a web browser, “°” will be rendered as the degree symbol (°).

That’s all there is to it! You now know three different methods for typing or inserting the degree symbol on your Mac.

Choose whichever method suits your preference and start adding that little ° whenever you need it!

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