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How to type division symbol (÷) in Word/Excel [on keyboard]

The division symbol is a sign that has a short horizontal line with one dot above it and another one below. This sign is used to indicate mathematical division.

In today’s article, you’ll learn about all the simple methods you can use to type the Division symbol using either Windows or Mac.

You can also use the button below to copy and paste the division symbol.

However, keep reading if you just want to learn how this symbol is typed on the keyboard.

Division symbol [÷] Quick Guide


To type the Division symbol on Mac, press [Option] + [ / ] on your keyboard. For Windows users, press down the Alt key and type 0247 using the numeric keypad, then release the Alt key. These shortcuts work in both Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and anywhere on the Windows or Mac PC.

The table below provides a quick guide for the Division symbol.

Symbol NameDivision sign
Alt Code0247
Shortcut for Windows[Alt] + [0247]
Shortcut for Mac[Option] + [ / ]
division symbol alt code

The above quick guide provides some useful information about the Division symbol. However, below are other options you can also use to type this symbol in Word/Excel/PowerPoint.

The Division symbol [÷] Alt Code for Windows

The Division symbol alt code is 0247.

If you are looking for how you can type this symbol on the keyboard, then you’ve found it. Just obey the following instructions:

  • Place the insertion pointer where you need to type the division symbol.
  • Press and hold the Alt key on your keyboard.
  • Whilst holding on to the Alt key, press the Division sign alt code (0247) using the numeric keypad.
  • Release the Alt key after typing the Alt code to insert the symbol into your Word document.

This is how you may type this symbol on Windows using the Alt Code method.

The alt code method works only for Windows. The next section will show you how to type it on Mac using a keyboard shortcut.

How to type a Division symbol on Mac

The keyboard shortcut to type the Division symbol on Mac is [Option] + [ / ].

Division symbol shortcut Mac

Obey the following instructions to type this symbol on Mac using the keyboard shortcut stated above:

  • First of all, place the insertion pointer where you need to type this symbol.
  • Then press the [Option] and the forward-slash [ / ] symbol simultaneously.

With this keyboard shortcut, you can type the Division symbol anywhere on your Mac computer.

How to insert the Division symbol in Word/Excel

Using the insert symbol dialog box, you can insert any symbol into any of the Office apps including MS Word, Excel, and 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.

Using this dialog, you can insert the Division symbol in any of the office programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

In this section, I am going to show you a step-by-step guide to add the division sign or any other symbol that is not found on the keyboard.

Without any further ado, let’s get started.

  • Launch your Word or Excel or PowerPoint document.
  • Click to place the insertion pointer where you wish to insert the symbol.
  • Go to the Insert tab.
Click on the Insert tab
MS Word’s Insert tab
Excel insert tab
MS Excel’s Insert tab
  • In the Symbols category, click on the Symbol drop-down and select More Symbols.
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 Division symbol.
  • Now select the symbol you want and hit the Insert button to get it into your document. Alternatively, double click on it to insert it into your document.
select the division symbol and double click on it to insert
  • Close the dialog.

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

These are the steps you may use to insert the Division symbol or any other symbol into your Word/Excel document.

Using insert Equation Method

The equation feature in Word is very helpful when you need to insert lots of mathematical symbols including the division symbol.

In this section, I’ll show you how to insert the division symbol in Word using the insert equation feature.

Just obey the below instructions:

  • Place the cursor where you want to type the sign.
  • Press Alt+= on your Keyboard to introduce the equation field. The equation field looks like the screenshot below:
type equation tool
  • In the Type equation here box, type \div and press the spacebar.

See screenshot:

division sign shortcut in Word

The division sign should appear in the equation field after you type \div and press on the spacebar key.

Copy and Paste Division symbol

One of the easiest ways to get any symbol on any PC is to use the copy and paste method.

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 then hit Ctrl+V to paste.

To copy and paste the Division symbol, select it (÷) and press Ctrl+C to copy, switch over to where you need it and press Ctrl+V to paste.


For windows users, obey the following instructions to copy and paste this symbol using the character map dialog.

  • Click on the Start button and search for Character Map. Click to open the Character map app in the search results.
search for character map on windows
  • The Character Map dialog will appear. Click on the Advanced view checkbox to expand the dialog box for more options.
Check the Advanced view checkbox to expand the dialog
  • On the advanced view, type Division in the Search box at the bottom of the dialog.
  • You should now see the Division symbol on the character map dialog. Double click on the symbol to select it. Alternatively, click on the Select button.
  • After you select the symbol, it’ll appear in the Characters to copy: field, hit on the Copy button to copy.
searching for division symbol in the character map dialog
  • Now switch to where ever you wish to insert the symbol 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.


As shown in this article, there are several methods you can use to type or insert the Division symbol on your PC or Mac.

My favorite approach on Windows is to use the Alt code method, it’s a lot easier provided you know the alt code for the symbol you wish to type. For Mac users, using the keyboard shortcut comes handy.

If you still want something to be clarified about this symbol, please let me know in the comments section below.

Thank you!

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