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Approximately Equal or image of ≒ in Word and Office

How to insert the Approx Equal or the image of symbol ≒  into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.  Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac. 

Approximately Equal To or the Image Of ≒  symbol is commonly used Japan, Korea and Taiwan to indicate two values are approximately equal, but not exactly equal. 

How Approximately Equal ≒ looks in different fonts. 

Here are some examples of how Approx Equal ≒ looks in common Office fonts. 

Approx Equal ≒ codes

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Approx Equal or ≒ 

Decimal:  8786  Hex:   2252

Web:  ≒ or ≒ or ≒

(web codes aren’t used in Microsoft Office, we’ve included them for the sake of completeness.) 

Word and Outlook

The Approx Equal ≒  sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word. 

Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut 2252  + 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 Approx Equal symbol. 


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

Alt + 8786    

Window 11 Emoji Panel

The Windows 11≒ Emoji Panel has the Omega symbol Ω.  Use Win + . (period/fullstop) to open the panel. 

Choose the Symbols tab (the fifth of the top row icons), then the Maths Symbols section.  To find the Approx Equal symbol, scroll down the list. 

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 Approx Equal ≒ symbol: 

  • Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.    
  • Search for “Approx “ 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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