How to Type Degrees Symbol on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user who frequently needs to type the degrees symbol (°) in your documents or messages? Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think! In this tutorial, we will guide you through various methods to type the degrees symbol on your Mac.

Method 1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you want to quickly insert the degrees symbol while typing, you can use keyboard shortcuts. Follow these steps:

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

Congratulations! You have successfully typed the degrees symbol (°) using keyboard shortcuts. It’s that simple!

Method 2: Using Character Viewer

If you prefer a visual approach, you can use the Character Viewer tool to insert special characters like the degrees symbol. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Click on the Apple menu at the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Step 2: Select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Step 3: In System Preferences, click on “Keyboard”.
  4. Step 4: Go to the “Keyboard” tab and checkmark “Show Keyboard and Emoji viewers in menu bar”.
  5. Step 5: Close System Preferences.
  6. Step 6: Click on the newly added icon in your menu bar, which looks like a small keyboard or smiley face.
  7. Step 7: In the Character Viewer window, select “Symbols” from the left sidebar.
  8. Step 8: Find and double-click on the degrees symbol (°) to insert it at your cursor’s location.

You have successfully used the Character Viewer to type the degrees symbol (°). Enjoy!

Method 3: Using AutoCorrect

If you frequently need to type the degrees symbol, you can set up an AutoCorrect rule to automatically replace a specific text string with the symbol. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Open “System Preferences” from the Apple menu.
  2. Step 2: Click on “Keyboard”.
  3. Step 3: Go to the “Text” tab.
  4. Step 4: Click on the “+” button at the bottom-left corner of the list.
  5. Step 5: In “Replace”, enter a unique text string like “deg”.
  6. Step 6: In “With”, paste or type in the degrees symbol (°).

The AutoCorrect rule is now set up! Whenever you type your chosen text string (e.g., “deg”) followed by a space or punctuation, it will automatically be replaced with the degrees symbol (°).

That’s it! You now have multiple methods at your disposal to type the degrees symbol (°) on your Mac. Choose the one that suits your preferences and start incorporating this useful symbol in your documents and messages.

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