Below is the alt code for the Pi (π) symbol.

DescriptionSymbolAlt Code
Piπ227
illustration of the π pi symbol at code

To get the Pi symbol using the alt code:

  1. Place your insertion pointer where you need to insert π.
  2. Press down the Alt key.
  3. While holding the Alt key, type the Pi Alt code (227) using the numeric keypad.
  4. Then release the Alt key to make the Pi sign.

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More About Alt Codes

Alt codes are used to type symbols and characters that do not have a dedicated key on the keyboard in personal computers running the Microsoft 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 type π using the Pi Alt code of 227: first, ensure that your NumLock is turned on, then press and hold the alt key while you type the code 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 which I’ll explain soon.

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Rules for using the Pi Alt Code

  • You must press and hold the Alt key before typing the Alt code.
  • You must use the numeric keypad on the right of the keyboard to type the 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 cannot use the alt code method to type the Pi symbol 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. However, the Pi alt code work anywhere on Windows including text editors, on the web, in forms, and so on.

Pi alt code for Mac

The Pi alt code shortcut for mac is OPTION + P.

Obey the following steps to type π on Mac:

  • First of all, place your insertion pointer where you need the Pi symbol.
  • Then press Option + P simultaneously on your Mac keyboard.

These keystrokes will give the π symbol.

pi π alt code for Windows and Mac

The alt code method of typing symbols is very popular on the Windows operating system.

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 in 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 Pi alt code on your Mac keyboard?

The answer is no.

Apple has its 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 Pi Alt code for Mac, then it is the shortcut you may already know, which is OPTION + P.