In today’s article, you’ll learn how to use keyboard shortcuts to type the A with circle or ring on top (å or Å) anywhere like Word/Excel using Windows or Mac.

Just before we begin, I’ll like to tell you that you can also use the button below to copy and paste the A with ring above into your work for free.

However, if you just want to type this symbol on your keyboard, the actionable steps below will show you how.

A with Circle above [å or Å] Quick Guide

To type the A with circle on Mac, press Option + A for lowercase and Option + Shift + A for Uppercase. For Windows users, simply press down the Alt key and type 0229 or 0197 using the numeric keypad, then let go of the Alt key.

These shortcuts can work on any software including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, on both Windows and Mac.

Below table contains all the shortcuts you need to type the A with circle on keyboard for both Mac and Windows.

Symbol NameA with ring above
Symbolå or Å
Alt Code 10229 or 0197
Alt Code 2134 or 143
Shortcut 1 (win)Alt+0229 or 0197
Shortcut 2 (win)Alt+134 or 143
Shortcut for Mac[Option] + [A]
Shortcut in Word (1)00C5, Alt+X
Shortcut in Word (2)[Ctrl] + [@] , [a]
illustration of a with a circle on top with keyboard

The above quick guide provides some useful shortcuts and alt codes on how to type the A with circle Sign on both Windows and Mac. However, below are some other methods you can also use to insert this symbol into your work such as Word or Excel document.

Type A with Ring above [å or Å] symbol in Word/Excel/Windows/Mac

Microsoft Office provides several methods for typing A with ring above or inserting symbols that do not have dedicated keys on the keyboard.

In this section, I will make available for you five different methods you can use to type or insert the A with circle Sign on your PC, like in MS Office (ie. Word, Excel, or PowerPoint) for both Mac and Windows users.

Without any further ado, let’s get started.

Using the A with circle Alt Code (Windows Only)

The A with circle alt code is 0229 for lowercase and 0197 for uppercase. Even though the A with ring above does not have a dedicated key on the keyboard, you can still type it on the keyboard with the Alt code method. To do so, press and hold the Alt key whilst pressing the A circle Alt code (0229 or 0197) using the numeric keypad.

This method works on Windows only. And your keyboard must also have a numeric keypad.

a with circle alt code for lowercase and uppercase

Below is a break-down of the steps you can take to type the A with circle Sign on your Windows PC:

  • Place your insertion pointer where you need to type A with ring above.
  • Press and hold one of the Alt keys on your keyboard.
  • Whilst holding on to the Alt key, press the A with ring alt code (0229 or 0197 ). You must use the numeric keypad to type the alt code. If you are using a laptop without the numeric keypad, this method may not work for you. On some laptops, there’s a hidden numeric keypad which you can enable by pressing Fn+NmLk on the keyboard.
  • Release the Alt key after typing the A circle Sign Alt code to insert the Symbol into your document.
illustration of a with a circle on top with keyboard

This is how you may type this symbol in Word using the Alt Code method.

Using the A with circle Shortcut (Mac and Windows)

The keyboard shortcut for the A with circle is Option + A on Mac. For Windows users, use the Alt Code method by pressing down the [Alt] key whilst typing the A with circle alt code which is 0229 or 0197. You must use the numeric keypad to type the alt code. Also, ensure that your Num Lock is turned on.

a with circle shortcut for both Windows and Mac

Below is a breakdown of the A with circle shortcut for Mac:

  • First of all, place the insertion pointer where you need to type the A with ring above (å or Å).
  • Now, press Option + A simultaneously on your keyboard to insert the symbol.
  • For Uppercase A with circle, press Option + Shift + A.
a with circle Mac shortcut

Below is a breakdown of the A with circle shortcut for Windows:

  • Place the insertion pointer at the desired location.
  • Press and hold down the Alt key
  • While pressing down the Alt key, type 0229 or 0197 using the numeric keypad to insert the symbol.
  • Alternatively, on MS Word, type 00C5, highlight it and press Alt+X on your keyboard. The code 00C5 will be converted into Å.
  • Another shortcut for MS Word is [Ctrl] + [@] , [a]. You can type this shortcut by press Ctrl+Shift+2 simultaneously, then release them and press the letter a.

These are the steps you may use to type A with circle in Word or Excel.

Copy and Paste A with circle Sign

Another easy way to get the A with circle on any PC is to use my favorite method: copy and paste.

All you have to do is to copy the symbol from somewhere like a web page, or the character map for windows users, and head over to where you need the symbol (say in Word or Excel), then hit Ctrl+V to paste.

Below is the symbol for you to copy and paste into your Word document. Just select it and press Ctrl+C to copy, switch over to Microsoft Word, place your insertion pointer at the desired location and press Ctrl+V to paste.

Å

Alternatively, just use the copy button at the beginning of this post.

For windows users, obey the following instructions to copy and paste the A with ring above using the character map dialog box.

  • Click on the Start button and search for Character Map. The Character Map app will appear in the search results, click to open.
search for character map on windows
  • The Character Map dialog will appear. Click to check the Advanced view check-box to expand the dialog box for more advanced options.
Check the Advanced view checkbox to expand the dialog
  • On the advanced view, type a with ring above in the Search box.
  • You should now see the A with circle on the character map dialog. If you can’t see it, then you should look through the library of symbols to spot it. When found, double click it to select. Alternatively, click on the Select button.
  • After you select the symbol by double-clicking it, it should appear in the Character to copy: field, then click on the Copy button to copy the symbol.
copy and paste a with circle on top
  • Switch to your Microsoft Word or Excel document, place the insertion pointer at the desired location, and press Ctrl+V to paste.

This is how you may use the Character Map dialog to copy and paste any symbol on Windows PC.

Using insert Symbol dialog box (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

The insert symbol dialog box is a library of symbols from where you can insert any symbol into your Word document with just a couple of mouse clicks.

Obey the following steps to insert the A with circle in Word using the insert symbol dialog box.

  • Open your Word document.
  • Click to place the insertion pointer where you wish to insert the symbol.
  • Go to the Insert tab.
Click on the Insert tab
  • In the Symbols category, click on the Symbol drop-down and select the More Symbols button.
Go to Symbols>More Symbols
  • The Symbol dialog box will appear. In the Subset drop-down list, select Latin-1 Supplement to display symbols in this category which includes the A with Ring above.
  • Select the symbol and click on the Insert button. Alternatively, double click on the symbol to insert it into your Word document.
insert a with ring in Word or Excel
  • Close the dialog.

The symbol will then be inserted exactly where you placed the insertion pointer.

These are the steps you may use to insert the A with circle in Word.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are several different methods you can use to type the A with circle Sign in Microsoft Word.

Using the shortcuts for both Windows and Mac makes the fastest option for this task. Shortcuts are always fast.

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