Degrees symbol

How to put the degree symbol (°) with the keyboard

The degree symbol (°) , represented by a small circle, is used to express various measurements, such as angles or temperature. Although the computer keyboard does not include a key for this symbol, you can use a key combination to type it. In Word and other Microsoft Office applications, you can also insert it through the Symbol dialog box .

How to type the degree symbol (°) using a key combination

Place the cursor where you want to insert the degree symbol. Then press Alt + 0176 and that symbol will appear. You can use this method to insert it into an email message or any office application.

How to insert the degree symbol (°) in Microsoft Word

In your Word document , place the cursor where you want to insert the degree symbol. Go to the Insert tab , and in the Symbols group , click Symbol > More Symbols . Under Font , open the dropdown menu and select Times New Roman . Scroll between the symbols and select the degree symbol. Click Insert and it will appear in your document. The next time you want to insert it, you just have to select it in the Recently used symbols section .

How to make degree symbol (°) on Mac

Press the option + 0 (zero) keys and the degree symbol will appear in your text.

Temperature degrees symbol, writing keys

The symbol of the degrees of temperature, either degree Celsius (° C), degree Fahrenheit (° F) or Rankine degree (° K), will be written next to the figure if the scale is not specified: The temperature in Lima reached 33 ° (by thirty-three degrees). Instead, it will be attached to the scale symbol if it appears explicit: The temperature in Lima reached 33 ° C (by thirty-three degrees Celsius) .

It should be noted that although many use the degree centigrade terminology , the proper degree is Celsius in honor of Anders Celsius, Swedish physicist and astronomer.

1. Celsius degree

The name, strictly speaking, is degree Celsius  (with the name of the scientist in capital letters), although outside of technical contexts degree centigrade or simply degree is used .

2.  23 ° C,  with space between the figure and the symbol

The internationally established symbol is ° C , which consists of a small circle followed by the letter C without space . A space is left between the number and the symbol : 23 ° C .

In non-specialized writings, only the circle is sometimes used, in which case it is written next to the number: 23 ° . In technical contexts and in accordance with international standards, this symbol is reserved for degrees of angle, which is a value that it also has in general, as in “It made a 180 ° turn”.

3. The symbol includes a circle, no or  even a zero

Often the circle is replaced by an o or a zero, but they are not the correct spellings . If you opted for the or  because of typographical limitations, it is preferable not to add an underline (it is not, therefore, 23  or C ), but in any case a point is not added.

4. The number and symbol must not be on separate lines

There should be no line break between the number and the symbol , for which a nondivision space or other resource adjusted to the medium used may be used.

5. K elvin,  and not Kelvin degree

Occasionally another temperature unit called kelvin (and not Kelvin degree ), symbol K (not ° K ) appears in the press , but it is usually limited to scientific texts.

6.  G rado Fahrenheit symbol  ° F

The Fahrenheit degree can also be found , although it is a unit that should be avoided in countries where it is not official and convert to a Celsius degree. Its symbol is ° F .

These units, as spelled out, are regulated in the International System of Units, which in many countries has been incorporated in whole or in part into their legislation and which is supplemented by the International System of Magnitudes (ISO 80000).