Lambda upper Λ or lower case λ in Word and Office

Type the Lambda upper case Λ, and Lambda lower case λ symbols in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook.  Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac. 

Lambda (uppercase Λ / lowercase λ) is the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet. The uppercase symbol has various uses, it is used for the likelihood ratio in statistics, and was even a pattern used on shields during the Peloponnesian War by the Spartan Army. The lowercase symbol indicates any wavelength of any wave, and the radioactivity decay constant in nuclear physics.

How Lambda upper case and Lambda lower case look in different fonts. 

Here’s some examples of how the Lambda upper case and Lambda lower case symbols look in common Office fonts in Word 365. 

Lambda uppercase and lowercase symbol codes 

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the two symbols.

Use the Alt + X shortcut in Word for Windows, for example type 039B then Alt + X to enter Λ.  

Or enter the value into Character Code fields in Symbol dialog boxes to jump to that symbol. 

Lambda uppercase symbol Λ                              U+ 039B  

Lambda lowercase symbol  λ                                          U+ 03BB

 Quick access for commonly used symbols. 

If you use a symbol often, a fast way to enter it is AutoCorrect. 

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 Lambda symbol using Character Code 039B.

 Window 10 Emoji Panel

The Windows 10 Emoji Panel has the Lambda symbol Λ.  Use Win + . (period/fullstop) to open the panel.

Choose the Symbols tab (the third of the top row icons), then the Language Symbols section which is marked by the capital Ω … handy that.  The Lambda symbols are located within the second row.

Windows Character Map 

Similarly, the Windows Character Map accessory in all Windows releases. Character Map has a search feature, something missing from the Insert | Symbol in Office. 

Or use one of the hex character codes to jump to the right part of the list. 

MacOS and Office for Mac inserting characters 

On a Mac, to enter the Male, Female or combo symbol: 

  • Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.    
  • Search for “Lambda“ should find the symbol you need as the first result. 

Despite the name Character Viewer, the Apple system tool will also insert characters into any program, including Office for Mac. 

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