Type or enter the ° Degree symbol into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Windows / Mac programs generally.
Degree ° is a common symbol and should be available in most fonts. If not, try another font or one of the fonts with a very wide range of characters like Arial Unicode MS or Lucida Sans Unicode.
There are also combination characters that have better spacing (kerning) than ° followed by C or F …
Word shortcut for Degree °
Degree ° has an inbuilt shortcut in Word.
Ctrl + @ followed by a space will enter a ° Degree symbol
On a US keyboard it’ll be
Ctrl + Shift + 2/@ then a space.
Or use the standard Word symbol shortcut
Alt + X See The old Alt+X trick.
Once in a document you can copy it to AutoCorrect and make your own shortcut.
Some readers tell us they prefer other Autocorrect shortcuts to make the Degree ° symbol.
Degree in Excel and PowerPoint
Insert | Symbols | Symbol and look for the Degree ° or just enter the Unicode (Hex) value 00B0 into the character code box.
Windows and the Degree symbol
In Windows there are several shortcuts to enter the Degree ° character into any program but they use a numeric keypad, not the number row above the letters.
Alt + 00B0 is the Windows keyboard shortcut.
Windows Character Map
The Windows Character Map accessory is in all Windows releases. It lets you access symbols and letters.
In Character Map enter the code 00B0 into the ‘Go to Unicode’ box to jump to that character.
Mac shortcut for Degree ° symbol
Type degree with
Shift + Option + 8
Degree ° symbol codes
Use the Hex code in Word as a shortcut to enter any symbol. The Hex code lets you find the Degree ° symbol quickly in the Insert Symbol dialog or Windows Character Map (see below)
Web codes for Degree
Web codes aren’t used in Microsoft Office but we’ve added them for the sake of completeness.
Web: ° or ° or °