Approximately Equal To ≅ symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
Type the Approximately Equal To ≅ into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook. Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac.
Approximately Equal To ≅ symbol with a curvy line above the usual = symbol is commonly used within Mathematics to refer to approximate equality between two values, congruence or isomorphism.
Not to be confused with the (lesser known) Approximately Equal or image of ≒ symbol.
How Approximately Equal To ≅ looks in different fonts.
Here’s some examples of how Approximately Equal To ≅ looks in common Office fonts.
Approximately Equal To ≅ codes
These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Approximately Equal To or ≅
Decimal: 8773 Hex: 2245
Web: ≅ or ≅
(web codes aren’t used in Microsoft Office, we’ve included them for the sake of completeness.)
Word and Outlook
The Approximately Equal To ≅ sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word.
Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut 2245 + 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 Approximately Equal To symbol.
In Windows there are several shortcuts to enter the Approximately Equal To ≅ character into any program, but they use a numeric keypad, not the number row above the letters.
Alt + 8773
Window 11 Emoji Panel
The Windows 11 Emoji Panel has the Approximately Equal To ≅ character. Use Win + . (period/fullstop) to open the panel.
Choose the Symbols tab (the fifth of the top row icons), then the Math Symbols section. To find the Approximately Equal To character, 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 Approximately Equal To ≅ symbol:
- Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.
- Search for “ Approximately Equal To “ 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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