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How to Insert Degree Symbol in Word [For Students]

May 13, 2024

For students, inserting degree symbols into Word documents can be daunting. As someone who's navigated similar challenges, I'm excited to share straightforward solutions with you. With WPS Office by our side, let's tackle this together and make document editing a breeze.

Common Problems About Inserting Degree Symbol in Word

Hey there, fellow student! We've all been there: scrambling to finish a report, only to hit a snag when you need that ever-important degree symbol (°). But for some reason, it just won't appear! Don't worry, you're not alone. Inserting this seemingly simple symbol can turn into a surprisingly frustrating roadblock.

Degree symbol does not work

One culprit? Those handy shortcut keys we hear so much about. Sometimes, due to software glitches or weird settings, they just don't work the way they're supposed to. Imagine the panic when you're racing against a deadline, and the keyboard shortcut you always rely on lets you down. Talk about adding stress to an already stressful situation!

Problems About Inserting Degree Symbol

Another hurdle students face is simply not being familiar with their keyboard layout. Maybe you're new to a particular computer or use an alternative input method. Finding the right key combination to insert the degree symbol can feel like hunting for a buried treasure – you know it's there somewhere, but where?

How to Insert Degree Symbol in Word

Alright, so we've identified the enemies of the degree symbol. Now, let's equip ourselves with the weapons to defeat them! Here are two battle-tested methods to insert that elusive symbol into your Word documents:

Method 1 Insert the degree symbol by using the ribbon

To insert the degree symbol using the ribbon feature in Word, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Place the cursor where you want the degree symbol to appear in your text.

Step 2: Click on the "Insert" tab in the Word toolbar.

the "Insert" tab

Step 3: Select "Symbol" from the dropdown menu.

Select "Symbol"

Step 4: Click on "More Symbols" to open the Symbols dialog box.

Choose your symbol

Step 5: Choose your desired font from the dropdown menu, if necessary.

Choose your symbol

Step 6: Scroll through the list of symbols and find the degree sign.

Step 7: Click on the degree sign to select it, then click "Insert" to place it in your document.

Method 2 Insert the degree symbol by using a keyboard shortcut

Maybe you're a whiz on the keyboard and prefer shortcuts. No problem! Here's how to make the degree symbol appear with a quick keystroke combination:

Step 1: Position your cursor in your homework document where you want the degree symbol.

Step 2: Now, this is where things might get tricky depending on your keyboard. Here's the keystroke combo: Hold down the "Alt" key and then, using the numeric keypad on your keyboard, type "0176".

the Alt Key

Important Note: This method only works if your keyboard has a separate numeric keypad. If you don't have one, don't worry – Method 1 using the Ribbon is always there for you!

Step 3: If you did everything correctly, the degree symbol should instantly appear in your homework!


Both methods offer easy ways to insert the degree symbol in Word documents. The ribbon method is straightforward, suitable for those who like visual guidance. The keyboard shortcut method is quicker, perfect for efficiency seekers. Students can pick the method that suits their style, making it simple to add degree symbols to reports and homework.


Use WPS AI to Polish Your Reports or Writing 

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Conquered the degree symbol? Now let's take your reports and writing to the next level with WPS AI! This powerful tool, built right into WPS Office, is your secret weapon for creating polished and impressive documents.

WPS AI is an AI assistant that uses fancy technology called natural language processing and machine learning to understand your writing and suggest improvements. Here's how it can be your writing partner:

  • Brainstorming Buddy: Stuck staring at a blank page? No problem! WPS AI can spark your creativity by suggesting writing ideas and even structuring your reports based on keywords or topics you provide.

  • Grammar Gremlin Slayer: We all make typos and grammatical errors. WPS AI has your back with its advanced spell and grammar check. It will quickly catch any mistakes, ensuring your reports are polished and professional.

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So, whether you're wrestling with writer's block or want to make sure your reports shine, WPS AI is your one-stop shop for writing excellence. Give it a try and see how it can transform your writing process!

Converting Your Reports or Writing to PDF without losing Format

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Converting your reports or writing from Word to PDF can pose a challenge, especially when maintaining the formatting integrity of your document is crucial. Microsoft Word 365 users may encounter issues where their well-formatted documents become distorted during the conversion process.

Fortunately, WPS Office offers powerful PDF features that simplify the conversion process while preserving the original formatting of your document.

Here are the steps to convert a Word document to PDF using WPS Office:

Method 1: Using the Export Option

Step 1: Open your Word document in WPS Office Writer.

Step 2: Click on the "File" tab in the top-left corner of the screen.

Step 3: Select the "Export to PDF" option from the dropdown menu.


Step 4: A dialog box will appear, allowing you to customize the PDF settings. You can choose the desired output location, adjust the quality settings, and set security options if needed.

Step 5: Once you've configured the settings, click on the "Export" button to initiate the conversion process.

Click on

Step 6: WPS Office will convert your Word document to PDF while preserving all formatting elements, including fonts, images, and layout.

Step 7: Once the conversion is complete, you can find the converted PDF file in the specified output location.

Method 2: Using the Save As Option

Step 1: With your report open in WPS Writer, navigate to the "File" tab on the menu bar.

Step 2: In the File dropdown menu, click on "Save As".

click on

Step 3: A familiar window will appear. In the "Save as type" dropdown menu, select "PDF (.pdf)". You can also choose a location to save your converted PDF file. Finally, click "Save".


With either of these methods, your perfectly formatted report will be converted into a clean and professional PDF, ready for submission! No more conversion headaches – just pure PDF perfection.

By following these simple steps, you can seamlessly convert your reports or writing from Word to PDF without worrying about losing the formatting of your document. WPS Office ensures that your PDF retains the same professional appearance as your original document.

FAQs about Inserting Checkboxes in Word   

Q1. How can I put the degree symbol (°) directly from the keyboard in Word?

  • Using the numeric keypad (works only if your keyboard has one):

Step 1: Place your cursor where you want the degree symbol to appear.

Step 2: Hold down the Alt key.

the Alt Key

Step 3: While holding Alt, type 0176 on the numeric keypad (the separate number pad on the right side of some keyboards).

Step 4: Release the Alt key.

  • Using a Character Map (works on all keyboards):

Step 1: Open the Character Map application (search for "Character Map" in the Start menu).

the Character Map application

Step 2: In the Character Map window, find the degree symbol (°) by searching or scrolling through the symbols.

Step 3: Click on the degree symbol to select it.

Step 4: Click the "Copy" button.


Step 5: Go back to your Word document and paste the copied degree symbol (Ctrl+V) where you want it.

Q2. How can I type the Degrees Fahrenheit symbol in Word?

Unfortunately, there isn't a dedicated key combination for the Degrees Fahrenheit symbol (°F). However, you can easily type it by combining the degree symbol and the letter "F":

Step 1: Insert the degree symbol using one of the methods mentioned in A1.

Step 2: Simply type the capital letter "F" after the degree symbol.

This will display the Degrees Fahrenheit symbol (°F) in your Word document.

Degrees Fahrenheit symbol


This comprehensive guide instructs readers on seamlessly inserting degree symbols into Word documents, accompanied by expert insights and step-by-step methods. Emphasizing the significance of smooth document editing, it underscores WPS Office's pivotal role as a powerful ally in this endeavor. From addressing software glitches to navigating unfamiliar keyboard layouts, practical solutions are provided, with a focus on leveraging WPS AI for enhanced writing and effortlessly converting documents to PDF. Ultimately, by equipping users with efficient tools and techniques, WPS Office emerges as the ultimate solution for streamlined document creation and editing.

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