Degree symbol in Word, Excel and PowerPoint

How to type the degree symbol (Fahrenheit, Celsius, Kelvin, latitude, longitude) into Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint.

Degree Symbol codes

Decimal: 176    Hex: 00B0     
Web:   °   °  °


The degree symbol   °  has an inbuilt shortcut in Word.

Ctrl + @  or  Ctrl + Shift + 2  followed by a space will enter a degree symbol   °

Or use the standard Word symbol shortcut  00B0 then Alt + X

Once in a document you can copy it to AutoCorrect and make your own shortcut.


Insert | Symbols | Symbol and look for the degree symbol.

You can also make a custom number format to make a number cell appear with the degree symbol.  For example a cell with the value ’27’ appears as  27°C .  Tip: Copy/Paste the degree sign into the Type box.


Insert | Symbols | Symbol and look for the degree symbol.


In Windows there are several shortcuts to enter the degree character into any program but they use a numeric keypad, not the number row above the letters.

Alt + 0176

Alt + 00B0

Windows Character Map

The Windows Character Map accessory in all Windows releases.

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