Insert A Degree Symbol In Word 2010

The traditional way to insert a degree symbol in Word was to go to the Insert tab, and then find the symbol for the degree. Indeed, this is how we did it when we learnt how to insert a copyright symbol. This is quite a convoluted route, as you then have to search through all the other symbols to find the one you want (and this goes for other symbols you might want to insert into your Word document – not just the degree symbol). If you like the old fashioned way, here it is (also, see next image):

  1. Insert tab > Symbols group > More Symbols
  2. Leave the Font selector as (normal text)
  3. Change Subset to Latin-1 Supplement
  4. Find the degree symbol and double click on it (or select it and click Insert)

Insert A Degree Symbol In Word


Math AutoCorrect

However, there is a better way. We can use the Math AutoCorrect feature in Word to quickly insert a degree symbol. To do this, we need to ensure that Math AutoCorrect is enabled, so click the File tab > Options > Proofing > AutoCorrect Options button (near the top). Then select the Math AutoCorrect tab. The first thing to do in this window is ensure that the Use Math AutoCorrect rules outside of math regions checkbox is checked. Now scroll down the list until you find the degree symbol (see image below).

Math AutoCorrect In Word

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In the “Replace” column, you should see degree, and in the “With” column you should see the degree symbol. That means when you type degree, Word will replace it with the degree symbol. It really is as easy as that. All you have to do is type degree in your Word document, and when you press the spacebar it will be converted into a degree symbol.

Much quicker than using the Insert tab to insert a symbol! Imagine if you had to insert several degree symbols throughout your document. Using the Math AutoCorrect feature is a big timesaver.