Degree Symbol alt code and Shortcut (for Windows and Mac)

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The Degree Symbol alt code

To get the degree symbol using the alt code (0176):

  1. Place your insertion pointer where you need to insert the degree symbol.
  2. Press down the Alt key.
  3. Type the degree symbol Alt code (0176) using the numeric keypad, whilst still holding on to the Alt key.
  4. Release the Alt key to make the degree sign.
illustration on how to type the degree sign

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More About Alt Codes

Alt codes are used to type symbols and characters that do have a dedicated key on the keyboard in personal computers running Microsoft Windows Operating systems. You can do this by pressing and holding the Alt key while typing the alt code (a number that identifies the character), using the keyboard numeric keypad.

For Example, to make a degree sign using the degree Alt code of 0176, first, ensure that your NumLock is turned on, then press and hold the alt key while you type the alt code number that identifies the degree sign, which is 0176, on the numeric keypad. Then release the Alt key.

Other operating systems like the Mac OS have a similar or extended form of this Alt code feature.

Rules for using the Degree Alt Code

  • You must press and hold the Alt key before typing the Alt code that identifies the degree sign.
  • You must use the numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard to type the degree alt code.
  • Since you are using the numeric keypad, the NumLock must be turned on. Turning off the NumLock means the numeric keypad is disabled, and hence no numbers can be typed using the num pad.
  • If you are using a laptop without the numeric keypad, you should first turn on the hidden numeric keypad. On most laptops, you can turn this on by pressing Fn+NmLk keys simultaneously. Not all laptops have the hidden numeric keypad. If it seems like you, then you can not type the degree sign with your laptop unless you connect an external keyboard that has a numeric keypad.
  • You should also understand that not all symbols can be typed with the alt code depending on the document you are working on. Some of the alt codes work only in Microsoft Word.

Using Degree Alt code in an Excel function

The Excel function that works with Alt codes is called the CHAR function. This function is a built-in function in Excel that returns the character or symbol based on the alt code or ASCII value.

Obey the following instructions to use the char function to make the degree symbol in Excel.

  • Step #1: Click in the cell that will contain the degree symbol.
  • Step #2: Type =CHAR(0176). The number 0176 is the degree symbol alt code. Don’t forget to bring an equal sign before the formula.
  • Step #3: Press Enter.
using degree alt code in Excel's CHAR function

You may also want to combine the degree symbol with some numbers. For example, you may want to display 100°. You can do this by using the CONCATENATE function.

Obey the instructions below to use the CONCATENATE function for this task:

  • Pick the cell that will contain the 100° symbol.
  • Type =CONCATENATE(100,CHAR(0174)). Replace the 100 with the number you want to display with the degree sign.
  • Press Enter.
using degree alt code in Excel's CHAR function

NOTE: If you are on windows, you can use the alt code method discussed above to type the degree sign anywhere including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The CHAR function is just another way of getting the symbol in Excel.

Degree Symbol alt code for mac

The degree symbol alt code shortcut for mac is Shift + Option + 8.

Just press and hold both the Shift and the Option key while you hit once on the 8 key.

Degree shortcut for Mac

This is explained below.

The alt code method of typing symbols is very popular in Windows.

However, the way you use alt codes on Windows is very different from that of Mac. Most people even think that it’s impossible to use alt code shortcuts on Mac.

As you may already know, the standard apple keyboard also has two alt keys. They are named as Options or with a small “alt” label. Though, some of the newest Apple keyboards such as the Magic Keyboard no longer include the “alt” label. The Option key also being the Alt key on the apple keyboard means that it can be used as an Alt key with non-Mac software.

Does it mean that you can press down the Option key whilst you press the degree symbol alt code on your Mac keyboard?

The answer is no.

Apple has its own way of doing things. So instead of using the alt key with difficult-to-remember number codes like Microsoft Word, they combined the alt key with some other keys that will make shortcuts easy to remember.

So if you want the degree symbol Alt code for Mac, then it is the shortcut you may already know.

Abdulai Abarika

My name is Abdulai Abarika , and I am the person behind this blog. I am a lifelong learner that is constantly fascinated by technology. I believe that fundamentally, all computer users are typists. So, learning how to type was the first step I took when I first decided to learn about technology. This blog is about teaching you how to type the symbols or characters hidden on the keyboard.

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