How to Get the Degree Symbol on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

If you’re a Mac user and frequently work with mathematical or scientific symbols, you may find yourself in need of the degree symbol. The degree symbol is commonly used to represent temperature, angles, or geographic coordinates. In this tutorial, we’ll explore different methods to easily insert the degree symbol on your Mac.

Method 1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

One of the simplest ways to type the degree symbol on your Mac is by using a keyboard shortcut. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Place your cursor where you want to insert the degree symbol.
  • Step 2: Press and hold the Option key on your keyboard.
  • Step 3: While holding down the Option key, type the letter “o”.

By following these steps, you should see the degree symbol (°) appear at your cursor’s location. If it doesn’t work, make sure you’re using a font that supports this special character.

Method 2: Using Character Viewer

If you prefer using a graphical interface rather than keyboard shortcuts, macOS provides a built-in tool called “Character Viewer” that allows you to easily access various symbols and special characters. Here’s how to use it:

  • Step 1: Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  • Step 2: Select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.
  • Step 3: In the System Preferences window, click on “Keyboard”.
  • Step 4: Go to the “Keyboard” tab and check the box next to “Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar”.
  • Step 5: Close the System Preferences window.
  • Step 6: Click on the new icon that appears in your menu bar (it looks like a small square with a pencil inside).
  • Step 7: In the dropdown menu, click on “Show Emoji & Symbols”.
  • Step 8: In the Character Viewer window, type “degree” in the search box.
  • Step 9: Double-click on the degree symbol (°) to insert it at your cursor’s location.

With these steps, you should now be able to easily access and insert the degree symbol using Character Viewer.

Method 3: Copy and Paste

If you find yourself frequently needing to insert the degree symbol, another time-saving method is to simply copy and paste it from a reliable source. To do this:

  • Step 1: Open your preferred web browser.
  • Step 2: Search for “degree symbol” or go to a website that offers symbols and special characters.
  • Step 3: Select the degree symbol (°) from the website or character map.
  • Step 4: Copy the selected symbol using either right-clicking and selecting “Copy” or pressing Ctrl+C (⌘+C).

  • Step 5: Paste the symbol using either right-clicking and selecting “Paste” or pressing Ctrl+V (⌘+V).

By following these steps, you can quickly copy and paste the degree symbol into any application or document on your Mac.


In this tutorial, we explored different methods to get the degree symbol on your Mac. Whether you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, Character Viewer, or copy-pasting from reliable sources, you now have multiple ways to easily insert the degree symbol in your daily work. Choose the method that suits your workflow best and start incorporating this useful symbol effortlessly.

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