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How to type degree (°) symbol on Mac

You’re freezing cold and want to send the following iMessage to a family member: “When did we move to Antarctica? Drop the temp a few °s!”

But… How do you insert a degree ° symbol on your Mac? In this post, we’ll show you a few ways to do just that.

How to insert a degree (°) symbol on Mac using the Keyboard shortcut

  • Shift + Option + 8: This shortcut brings the degree symbol on your field like 95°.

There are 2 other shortcuts that add a degree-like sign to the text but are in fact used for other purposes.

  • Option + K: This one inserts a small ring – 95˚
    It’s used for typing the Ring above a diacritic.
  • Option + 0 (ZERO): An option to write a sign – 95º
    It’s the Masculine Ordinal Indicator used in written languages.

To end your confusion, we’ve listed the actual and in-depth meaning behind each sign that we found using the built-in text-to-speech engine on Mac.

How to type degree symbol on Mac using Emoji Keyboard

The Emoji and Symbols keyboard on your Mac is home to numerous characters and signs. To access it, press Ctrl + Command + Space. The keyboard will open right away.

Press Command Control and Space on Mac Keyboard to Access Emoji and Symbols

If you want, you can also access it from the top menu bar.

  1. Click Edit at the top of the screen.
  2. Select Emoji & Symbols.
    Click on Edit from Menu Bar and then Click on Emoji & Symbols on Mac

To type a degree symbol,

  1. Place the pointer on the text field.
    Click on Search in Emoji & Symbols on Mac
  2. Then type ‘Degree’ in the search bar of the keyboard.
  3. It’ll show the suggested results with a range of options. Click on your preferred option to insert it into the text field.
    Type Degree in Search Field and Click on Degree Symbol to Insert it in Note on Mac
    Degree Temperature Symbol is Inserted in Note on Mac

That’s all there is to it! Just confirm the right character type you need and use the shortcut accordingly. Otherwise, using the emoji keyboard is the best way to get the actual temperature degrees symbol.

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    Marcus Mears III is a lifelong technology enthusiast with half a decade of experience developing prose that keeps readers in the know. With hundreds of reviews, buying guides, and how-to explainers across a number of tech and lifestyle publications like How-To Geek, MakeUseOf, and iGeeksBlog, Mears’ work helps readers around the globe learn to make the most of their devices and software. He uses a 2016 MacBook Pro as his daily driver laptop and a self-built Windows PC for gaming and productivity.

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