How to Do the Degrees Symbol on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

If you’re a Mac user and need to type the degrees symbol (°) for temperature measurements, angles, or any other purpose, you might be wondering how to do it. Fortunately, it’s quite simple to input the degrees symbol on a Mac keyboard. In this tutorial, we’ll explore different methods to achieve this.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Method 1:

To quickly insert the degrees symbol (°) using a keyboard shortcut on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Place your cursor where you want the degrees symbol to appear.
  2. Press and hold the Option key (also known as the Alt key) on your keyboard.
  3. While holding down the Option key, type the letter “o”.

Note: The letter “o” is not capitalized; use the lowercase letter when inputting this shortcut.

Method 2:

If you prefer using a different keyboard shortcut or if Method 1 didn’t work for you, here’s an alternative method:

  1. Select “Edit” from the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  2. In the drop-down menu that appears, click on “Emoji & Symbols.” This will open a new window with various symbols and emojis.
  3. In the search bar at the top right corner of this window, type “degrees” or “degree.

  4. A list of symbols related to degrees will appear. Click on the one that represents what you need (e.g., “Degree Celsius”).
  5. Finally, click on the “Insert” button to add the degrees symbol (°) to your document.

Using Character Viewer

Method 3:

If you can’t find the degrees symbol using the previous methods or if you need to input a specific character that isn’t available on your keyboard, you can use the Character Viewer. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences. “
  2. In System Preferences, click on “Keyboard. “
  3. In the Keyboard tab, checkmark the box that says “Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar.

  4. Close System Preferences.
  5. Now, you’ll see a new icon in your menu bar that looks like a small keyboard. Click on it.
  6. In the drop-down menu, select “Show Character Viewer. “
  7. A window will appear with various categories of symbols. In the left sidebar, choose “Symbols” and then expand “Punctuation. “
  8. Scroll down until you find the degrees symbol (°).
  9. Double-click on the symbol to insert it into your document.

Using HTML Entity Code

Method 4:

If you’re working with HTML code and need to display the degrees symbol on a webpage or within an HTML document, you can use its corresponding entity code. Simply replace “°” with “°” in your code. For example:

<p>The temperature today is 25&deg;C.</p>

This will render as:

The temperature today is 25°C.


Now you know several methods to input the degrees symbol (°) on your Mac keyboard. Whether you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, the Character Viewer, or HTML entity codes, you can easily add the degrees symbol to your documents or webpages.

Remember to experiment with these methods and find the one that works best for you. The degrees symbol is just a few keystrokes away!

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