How to insert degree symbol?

In this Excel tutorial lesson, you will learn how to insert a degree symbol in your spreadsheet.

There are various ways to insert the degree symbol.

Inserting a Symbol

Go to Ribbon to the Insert tab. Click Symbol button. 

ribbon insert symbol

There are plenty of symbols. From Subset choose Superscripts and Subscripts. The degree symbol will be available in the middle of the screen.

Insert Degree Symbol

Inserting an Equation

Go to Ribbon to the Insert tab. Click Equation button. Expand the list of Symbols and choose Basic Math. The degree symbol will be available in the second line.

insert equation degree symbol

Insert a character code

You can also insert a degree symbol in Excel by using the Character Map Windows application or character code. Just open Character Map, find degree symbol and copy it. Then you can paste it into your Excel spreadsheet.

Note: char keyboard shortcut for the degree symbol is ALT + 0176 (using the numeric keypad only).

charmap degree symbol

Create a custom number format

The last way to insert a degree symbol is to create a custom number format. To do that, just click CTRL + 1 the keyboard shortcut. Next, go to the custom category and paste the degree symbol from the character map there.

custom number format

I used a more fancy format 0.0°F meaning it will format the content of the cell with the numbers for a fahrenheit temperature.

Use CHAR Excel function

It is enough to insert a degree symbol by using the CHAR function. The formula for the degree symbol is =CHAR(176)

temperature with degree symbol

In this example, the formula is =B2&CHAR(176)