Division ÷ symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

Type the Division ÷  symbol into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.  Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac.

Division ÷ symbol is an alternative to the / character.  Made up of a dash and two dots.

÷ symbol isn’t recommended these days. It’s not universally known and mostly used to mark division in English speaking countries.

The ISO standard recommends the / “fraction bar” or solidus instead of ÷ . Despite that, you’ll often see ÷ in basic math/arithmetic books.

How Division ÷ looks in different fonts.

Here’s some examples of how Division ÷ looks in common Office fonts.

Division ÷ codes

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Division or ÷

Decimal:  247  Hex:   00F7

Web:  ÷ ÷ or ÷ or ÷

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

Word and Outlook

The Division ÷  sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word.

Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut F7  + 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  Division symbol.


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

Alt + 247  

Division Sign Emoji

The Windows 11/10 Emoji Panel might have the Division symbol – but we can’t find it!  It’s not under Math Symbols, though there are similar looking symbols like  ∸ ∻ ≐ ≓ and ≒ !

The Emoji Panel doesn’t allow searches of symbols, so it’s hard to be sure.

There IS a division sign emoji, find it in the emoji panel or use  Unicode 2797  in Word.

See Emoji Panel is part of Windows 10 that totally sucks

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 Division ÷ symbol:

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