Type the ‘Plus or Minus sign’ ± into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook. Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac.
Plus-Minus ± symbol isn’t just used for equations, it’s also used as a shortcut for ‘plus or minus’. In statistics you’ll often see results given as being “ ± 3% ”.
How Plus or Minus ± looks in different fonts.
Here’s some examples of how Plus-Minus ± looks in common Office fonts. In some the two characters are separated but some others are joined.
Plus-Minus ± codes
These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Plus / Minus or ±
Decimal: 177 Hex: 00B1
Web: ± or ± or ±
(web codes aren’t used in Microsoft Office, we’ve included them for the sake of completeness.)
Word and Outlook
The Plus / Minus ± sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word.
Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut B1 + Alt + X
Once in a document you can copy it to AutoCorrect and make your own shortcut.
Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
Insert | Symbols | Symbol and look for the Plus-Minus symbol.
In Windows there are several shortcuts to enter the Plus or Minus ± character into any program, but they use a numeric keypad, not the number row above the letters.
Alt + 0177
Windows Character Map
The Windows Character Map accessory in all Windows releases
Character Map has a search feature, something missing from the Insert | Symbol in Office.
MacOS and Office for Mac inserting characters
On a Mac, to enter the Plus-Minus ± symbol:
- Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.
- Search for “ Plus “ and the Viewer should find the symbol you need.
Despite the name Character Viewer, the Apple system tool will also insert characters into any program, including Office for Mac.
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