Degree Symbol

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The degree symbol is a little circle (°) that we see after numbers when we talk about temperatures, like in weather, or when we show angles, like in math class. When discussing how hot or cold it is, we use this symbol and write “C” for Celsius or “F” for Fahrenheit right after it. So, if it’s 23 degrees Celsius, we write it like 23°C.

Type Degree Symbol

A degree in temperature helps us understand how warm or cold something is based on how water freezes and boils. In Celsius, one degree is 1/100th of the difference between where water freezes and where it boils.

Another way to measure temperature is Kelvin, but we don’t use the degree symbol. Instead, we write a number and “K,” like 300K.

Degree Symbol Temperature

We also use degrees to talk about places on a map. This helps us find exactly where something is on Earth.

This degree symbol is so important that it was added to the Unicode standard in 1993. Unicode is like a big library that helps computers understand all the symbols we use in typing so everyone worldwide can use the same symbols in the same way.

Typing a Degree ° Symbol

Typing a Degree° Symbol

To type the little circle (°) we use to talk about degrees, like how hot or cold it is, or angles in math, you have to do a little extra work because our keyboards don’t have a special key. If you’re using Microsoft Word and you want to put this symbol in your writing, here’s what you do:

  1. Move your blinking cursor to where you want the degree symbol to go.
  2. Click on the “Insert” tab at the top of Word.
  3. Look for the button that says “Symbol” and click it. If you don’t see the degree symbol immediately, click “More Symbols.”
  4. A bunch of symbols will pop up. Find the degree symbol. It’s usually under the group named “Latin-1 Supplement.”
  5. Click on the degree symbol, then hit the “Insert” button, and it’ll pop into your document right where your cursor is.

Table of Symbols

Table of Symbols in charmap

Did you know your computer has a secret box full of special symbols? It’s true! And it’s not just for WordPress; even Windows has it. Here’s how you can peek inside:

Open the Secret Box: Click the Start menu on your computer, like opening a treasure chest. Then, pretend you’re a detective and type “charmap.exe” in the search box. Hit the Enter key like saying, “Okay, let’s go!” Another way to open the search window on modern operating systems to enter the command “charmap.exe” is the Windows+R key combination.

Finding the Degree Symbol on Your Computer

Degree Symbol Sample

Here’s how to find the little circle we use to talk about temperature or angles, like when we say it’s 75° outside:

  1. Open Character Map: On your computer, there’s a tool called Character Map. It’s like a treasure chest full of symbols.
  2. Look for the Degree Symbol: Once you’re in the Character Map, look around until you find the symbol that looks like a tiny circle (°).
  3. Copy It: Click on that tiny circle symbol to make it blue, click the “Select” button, and click “Copy” to grab it.

How to Put the Degree Symbol in Your Work

Latex Degree Symbol

Once you’ve copied the degree symbol to your clipboard, here’s what you do next:

  1. Go to Your Document: Open up the document or place where you want to add the degree symbol.
  2. Paste the Symbol: Press “Ctrl+V” on your keyboard. This pastes the degree symbol right where your blinking cursor is.

Keyboard shortcuts

Degree Symbol Keyboard shortcuts

On a Windows Computer:

  1. Press and hold the “Alt” key.
  2. While holding it, type “0176” on the side number pad.
  3. Let go of the “Alt” key, and the degree symbol (°) appears!

On a Laptop Without a Number Pad:

  • Press and hold the “Fn” key, then press the function keys (the ones at the top of your keyboard) that have numbers on them to type “0176”.

On an iPhone or iPad:

  • Press and hold the zero key (0) until a small menu pops up.
  • Slide your finger to the degree symbol (°) and let go to select it.

Degree Symbol