How to Type a Degree Symbol on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Have you ever wondered how to type a degree symbol on your Mac? Whether you need it for mathematical equations, temperature readings, or simply to add a professional touch to your documents, knowing the keyboard shortcut can be incredibly useful. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of typing a degree symbol on a Mac.

Method 1: Using the Keyboard Shortcut

If you want to quickly insert a degree symbol into your text without having to search for it in character maps or special menus, Mac provides a convenient keyboard shortcut. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1:

    Place your cursor where you want to insert the degree symbol.

  2. Step 2:

    Press and hold the Option key (also known as Alt key) on your keyboard.

  3. Step 3:

    While holding down the Option key, press the letter K. This will bring up the Character Viewer window.

  4. Step 4:

    In the Character Viewer window, type ‘degree’ into the search bar located at the top right corner.

  5. Step 5:

    • Type ‘degree’ into the search bar located at the top right corner
    • Select ‘Degree Sign’ from the search results by double-clicking on it or clicking once and then clicking on ‘Insert’ button at bottom right of window
  6. Step 6:

    The degree symbol will be inserted at the cursor’s position.

Method 2: Using Emoji & Symbols Menu

If you prefer using a menu rather than a keyboard shortcut, you can also access the degree symbol through the Emoji & Symbols menu.

  • Step 2:

    Click on ‘Edit’ in the menu bar at the top of your screen.

  • Step 3:

    • Select ‘Emoji & Symbols’ from the dropdown menu
    • [or]
    • Use the keyboard shortcut Control + Command + Spacebar to open the Emoji & Symbols window
  • Step 4:

    • Type ‘degree’ into the search bar located at the top right corner of the Emoji & Symbols window
    • Select ‘Degree Sign’ from the search results by double-clicking on it or clicking once and then clicking on ‘Insert’ button at bottom right of window
  • Step 5:

    The degree symbol will be inserted at the cursor’s position.

  • You can now effortlessly type a degree symbol on your Mac using either the keyboard shortcut or the Emoji & Symbols menu. Start incorporating it into your documents, emails, and messages to enhance your communication and make a lasting impression!

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