Insert a Not Equal To Sign in Microsoft Word Documents

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated April 4, 2021

Applies to: Microsoft® Word® 2013, 2016, 2019 or 365 (Windows)

You can insert the does not equal sign (not equal to sign) in a Word document using Insert Symbol, a keyboard shortcut, an AutoCorrect entry or an Alt shortcut.

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In this article, we’ll look at 4 ways to insert a not equal to sign in a Word document:

  1. Use the Insert Symbol command
  2. Add and use a keyboard shortcut
  3. Add and use an AutoCorrect entry
  4. Press Alt and then enter a number sequence

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1. Inserting a not equal to sign using Insert Symbol

If you want to insert the does not equal sign (not equal to sign), you can use Insert Symbol.

To insert the not equal to sign using Insert Symbol in the Ribbon in Word:

  1. Position the cursor in the Word document where you want to insert a not equal to symbol.
  2. Click the Insert tab in the Ribbon.
  3. In the Symbols group, click Symbol. A drop-down menu appears.
  4. Click More Symbols. A dialog box appears.
  5. If necessary, click the Symbols tab.
  6. Select (normal text) from the Font drop-down menu.
  7. Select Mathematical Operators from the Subset drop-down menu.
  8. Scroll through the list of symbols until you find the not equal to sign (≠) and then click it.
  9. Click Insert.
  10. Click Close.

The Insert Symbol dialog box appears as follows (with ≠ selected):

2. Inserting a not equal to sign using a custom keyboard shortcut

If you insert the not equal to sign frequently, you can create your own keyboard shortcut for the symbol.

To create a keyboard shortcut for the not equal to sign:

  1. Position the cursor in a Word document.
  2. Click the Insert tab in the Ribbon.
  3. In the Symbols group, click Symbol. A drop-down menu appears.
  4. Click More Symbols. A dialog box appears.
  5. If necessary, click the Symbols tab.
  6. Select (normal text) from the Font drop-down menu.
  7. Select Mathematical Operators from the Subset drop-down menu.
  8. Scroll through the list of symbols until you find the not equal to sign (≠) and then click it.
  9. Click Shortcut. A dialog box appears.
  10. Click in the box below Assign New Shortcut key.
  11. Press the keys you want to assign (such as Ctrl + Alt + N). Don’t type any text, just press the keys. Be careful not to override a useful built-in shortcut such as Ctrl + N.
  12. Click Assign. Typically the location for these shortcuts is the Normal (or default) template.
  13. Click Close twice.
  14. Test the shortcut in your document by pressing the assigned keys.

The Customize Keyboard dialog box appears as follows:

Customize dialog box in Word to add keyboard shortcuts to not equal sign.

Since these shortcuts are typically saved in the Normal template, when you exit Word, if you are prompted to save the Normal template, click Yes.

3. Inserting a not equal to sign using AutoCorrect

You can also insert the not equal to sign automatically using AutoCorrect.

To set up an AutoCorrect entry for the not equal to sign:

  1. Position the cursor in a Word document.
  2. Click the Insert tab in the Ribbon.
  3. In the Symbols group, click Symbol. A drop-down menu appears.
  4. Click More Symbols. A dialog box appears.
  5. If necessary, click the Symbols tab.
  6. Select (normal text) from the Font drop-down menu.
  7. Select Mathematical Operators from the Subset drop-down menu.
  8. Scroll through the list of symbols until you find the not equal to sign (≠) and then click it.
  9. Click AutoCorrect. A dialog box appears.
  10. In the Replace with box, enter the name of the entry (such as cm1).
  11. Click Add.
  12. Click OK.
  13. Click Close.
  14. In the document, type the entry (such as ne1) and then press the spacebar.

The AutoCorrect dialog box appears as follows:

Autocorrect dialog box to add autocorrect entry for not equal sign in Word.

Since these shortcuts are typically saved in the Normal template, when you exit Word, if you are prompted to save the Normal template, click Yes.

4. Inserting a not equal to symbol using an Alt keyboard shortcut

You can press the Alt key in combination with numbers on the numeric keypad to insert the not equal to sign.

To insert the not equal to symbol in a Word document using Alt:

  1. Position the cursor where you want to insert the not equal to symbol.
  2. Press Alt + 8800 on the numeric keypad.

If the sequence doesn’t work, press NumLock on the numeric keypad. If you don’t have a numeric keypad on your laptop, this last method would not be an option.

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