Insert the Degree Symbol or Sign in Google Docs (with Shortcuts)

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated September 6, 2021

Applies to: Google Docs® (Windows or Mac)

You can insert or type the degree symbol in Google Docs files using the menu or by using keyboard shortcuts. The degree symbol or sign is automatically entered in superscript. Degree is used in temperature scales including Celsius and Fahrenheit and well as in math or scientific calculations.

In this article, we’ll review 4 ways to insert the degree symbol in a Google Docs file:

  1. Use an Alt shortcut by pressing Alt and then enter a number sequence (Windows)
  2. Use an Option shortcut by pressing Option and then enter a number sequence (Mac)
  3. Use the Insert special characters dialog box
  4. Create a custom Substitutions shortcut

First, you will need to log in to your Google Drive account at drive.google.com and then open the document in which you want to insert the degree sign or symbol.

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1. Inserting the degree symbol using an Alt keyboard shortcut (Windows)

To insert the degree symbol in a Google Docs file using an Alt keyboard shortcut:

  1. Position the cursor in the document where you want to insert the degree symbol.
  2. Press Alt + 0176 or Alt + 248 on the numeric keypad.

If the sequence doesn’t work, press NumLock on the numeric keypad.

2. Inserting the degree symbol using an Option keyboard shortcut (Mac)

To insert the degree symbol in a Google Docs document using an Option keyboard shortcut:

  1. Position the cursor in the document where you want to insert the degree symbol.
  2. Press Option + Shift + 8 at the top of your keyboard.

3. Inserting the degree symbol using Insert special characters

You can insert the degree symbol, as well as other symbols, using the Insert special characters dialog box.

To insert the degree symbol in a Google Docs document using Insert special characters:

  1. Position the cursor in the document where you want to insert the degree symbol.
  2. Click Insert in the menu. A drop-down menu appears.
  3. Click Special Characters. A dialog box appears.
  4. In the Search box, enter the word degree and press Enter or Return. Alternatively, select Symbol from the Symbol drop-down menu or draw the symbol you are looking for in the Drawing area.
  5. Click the degree symbol.
  6. Click Close.

Below is the Insert Special characters dialog box with degree entered as the search term:

Insert degree symbol in Google Docs using Special Characters dialog box.

4. Inserting the degree symbol using a custom Substitutions shortcut

To create a custom Google Docs keyboard shortcut for the degree symbol:

  1. Open a Google Docs file.
  2. Insert the degree symbol using one of the methods above.
  3. Select the symbol and press Ctrl + C or Command + C.
  4. Click Tools in the menu. A drop-down menu appears.
  5. Click Preferences. A dialog box appears.
  6. Click the Substitutions tab.
  7. Click in the Replace box and enter the combination of letters and symbols you want to replace such as (d).
  8. Click in the With box and press Ctrl + V or Command + V to paste the degree symbol.
  9. Click OK.

Below is the Preferences dialog box in Google Docs with an entry for a degree symbol:

Insert degree symbol in Google Docs using Preferences.

Test the shortcut in your document by typing the entry, such as (d), and then press the Spacebar.

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