Pi ๐œ‹ choices in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

There are twelve different choices for the Pi symbol ๐œ‹ย to type to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.ย  Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac. We’ll show you all twelve including the most common ๐œ‹.

Pi is the famous math constant.ย ๐œ‹r2 calculates the area of a circle from its radius (r) or in Excel the formula =Pi()r^2 . See Circle and Sphere formulas for Excel.

See Pi ๐œ‹ Day for a complete list of the Office Watch Pi (and Pie) articles.

3.14159265358979 โ€ฆ. Pi in Excel

But you don’t have to memorize that. Excel has a Pi() function to enter the exact value to 14 decimal places (3.14159265358979) which is more than enough for Earth-bound uses. Even NASA and JPL only need one more digit (15) precision for their interplanetary calculations. See Circle and Sphere Formulas in Excel using Pi ๐œ‹

A dozen PI symbols

The ๐œ‹ symbol was originally a lower-case Greek letter ฯ€ but there are a dozen separate characters for the math Pi.

How Pi ๐œ‹ looks in different fonts.

Hereโ€™s how Pi ๐œ‹ looks in two common Office fonts.  In many cases modern Word will insert the Cambria Math version because the selected font doesnโ€™t support the symbol.  Pi is also in Segoe UI Symbol.

The most common Pi ๐œ‹ symbol

There are many Pi symbol variations, commonly used is โ€œMathematical Small Pi Italicโ€ Unicode 1D70B.

These are the important code numbers or values youโ€™ll need to enter the Pi or โ„ผ as a small italic character.

Hex:   1D70B

Web:  π or 𝜋

(web codes arenโ€™t used in Microsoft Office, weโ€™ve included them for the sake of completeness.)

Quick Pi shortcut in Word

Word for Windows has a Ctrl + Shift + Q shortcut to make the Pi symbol.

Ctrl + Shift + Q then P — makes the capital PI

Ctrl + Shift + Q then p – makes the lower case Pi ๐œ‹

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Ctrl + Shift + Q only works in Word for Windows – not Mac. Grrrrr
  • It displays the Symbol font which doesn’t use the Unicode system. Switching to another symbol font (like Segoe UI Symbol) will NOT show the same character.

Many other Pi symbols

The Unicode system has twelve different versions of the Pi Symbol.  Bold, Italic, Bold Italic and Sans-Serif variations – all shown at the top of the article. They are all available in the Cambria Math font.

Use the Alt + X trick to type any of these into Word for Windows.

Mathematical Bold Capital Pi

Hex: 1D6B7

Mathematical Bold Small Pi

Hex: 1D6D1

Mathematical Italic Capital Pi

Hex: 1D6F1

Mathematical Italic Small Pi – the usual ๐œ‹

Hex: 1D70B

Mathematical Bold Italic Capital Pi

Hex: 1D72B

Mathematical Bold Italic Small Pi

Hex: 1D745

Mathematical Sans-Serif Bold Capital Pi

Hex: 1D765

Mathematical Sans-Serif Bold Small Pi

Hex: 1D77F

Mathematical Sans-Serif Bold Italic Capital Pi

Hex: 1D79F

Mathematical Sans-Serif Bold Italic Small Pi

Hex: 1D7B9

Double Struck Capital Pi

Hex: 213F

Double Struck Small Pi

Hex: 213F

Pi emoji

There is no Pi emoji, best we can offer is ๐Ÿฐย <grin> see Pie or Pi emoji and more in Microsoft Office

Pi in the Equation Editor

Of course, the Office Equation Editor has the Pi symbol.

In an Equation, pull-down the Symbols gallery and click on the ๐œ‹ symbol.

Or go to Insert | Symbols | Equation and the first Built-In option includes ๐œ‹

Word and Outlook

The Pi ๐œ‹  sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word.

Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut  1D70B , Alt + X  or whichever version of Pi you like from the list above.

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 Pi symbol.ย  Enter the Unicode U+ value from the list above.

Windows

In Windows there are several shortcuts to enter the Pi ๐œ‹  character into any program, but they use a numeric keypad, not the number row above the letters.

Alt + 8508  

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.  Unfortunately it canโ€™t find whole words and isnโ€™t case-sensitive. Searching for โ€˜Piโ€™ finds many symbols with those two letters like Capital.

MacOS and Office for Mac inserting characters

On a Mac, to enter the Pi ๐œ‹ symbol:

  • Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.  
  • Choose โ€˜Math Symbolsโ€™ from the category list.
  • Scroll down to find the Pi you want.
    • Sadly searching for โ€˜Piโ€™ shows a lot of other symbols.
  • Once you have found one โ€˜Piโ€™ symbol, others show up in the Related Characters list.

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

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