How to Insert a Degree Symbol in Google Docs

Sometimes you need to add special characters into a document that you are creating. It might be something like an arrow or bullet points, but other situations could call for something a little less common, like a degree symbol.

Fortunately Google Docs provides a way to insert a variety of special characters, and a degree symbol is one of the options that’s offered.

Our guide below will show you how to add a degree symbol to Google Docs by following a few short steps.

Use these steps to insert a degree symbol in Google Docs.

  1. Sign into Google Drive and open your Docs file.

    You can go to to quickly access your documents.

  2. Click in the document where you want to add the degree symbol.

  3. Select the “Insert” tab at the top of the window.

    click the Insert tab

  4. Choose the “Special characters” option.

    choose the Special characters option

  5. Click the “Arrows” dropdown menu.

    If you’ve previously used this menu during your current session, it might say something different.
    click the Arrows dropdown menu

  6. Select the “Miscellaneous” option.

    select the Miscellaneous option

  7. Click the degree symbol to insert it.

    how to insert a degree symbol in Google Docs

The steps above were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will work in other desktop browsers like Firefox or Edge, too.

There is a Windows keyboard shortcut for inserting a degree symbol as well. You can press Alt + 0176 to add the symbol as well. Note that you need to use the numbers on your keyboard’s numeric keypad. It won’t work if you use the number row above the letters.

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