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5 Methods to Insert Mathematical Symbols in Word

Date:2020-4-27 Author:Olivia

Have you ever been bothered by inserting a mathematical symbol in Word? After all, the current keyboard has been designed with very few common symbols. As for larger than or equal to symbol, approximately equal to symbol, not equal to symbol, etc., you can only insert them through other approaches. Here I’d like to share 5 simple tips:

Method 1: Symbol Button

1. Go to Insert tab and click Symbol button, click More Symbols in the drop-down list.

5 Methods to Insert Mathematical Symbols in Word

2. The Symbol dialog box will be displayed, go to Symbols tab and select Symbol in the box of Font. Scroll up and down to choose the mathematical symbol you want, then just simply click Insert at bottom right.

5 Methods to Insert Mathematical Symbols in Word

Method 2: Right-click Menu

1. Click anywhere in Word document and right-click the mouse. Select Insert Symbol in the menu.

5 Methods to Insert Mathematical Symbols in Word

2. The Symbol dialog box will pop out as well. Select Symbol as the Font in Symbols tab. Scroll up and down to choose the mathematical symbol you want, and simply tap Insert button to add it to your document.

5 Methods to Insert Mathematical Symbols in Word

Method 3: Ink Equation

1. Go to Insert tab and click Equation in Symbols group.

5 Methods to Insert Mathematical Symbols in Word

2. Select Ink Equation in the drop-down list.

5 Methods to Insert Mathematical Symbols in Word

3. Then the handwriting board will show. Just drag your mouse to draw the symbol. The graph will be auto identified as the most similar mathematical symbol in the textbox above.

If it’s not correct, click the Erase button and select the error part to clear it. If you want to reenter the mathematical symbol, click Clear button then everything in the handwriting board will be deleted. Then just simply click Insert at bottom right.

5 Methods to Insert Mathematical Symbols in Word

Method 4: Keyboard Shortcuts

Some specific mathematical symbols have corresponding keyboard shortcuts. To insert them, you can enter a corresponding code and then press [Alt+X].

For example, if you want to insert a less than or equal to symbol, just enter 2264 in the document and press [Alt+X], it will be converted into the ≤  immediately.

5 Methods to Insert Mathematical Symbols in Word

Here’s a list of commonly used mathematical symbols and corresponding codes. You can have a try or just copy them directly.

NameSymbolCorresponding Code
Less than symbol<003C
Less than or equal to symbol2264
Larger than symbol>003E
Larger than or equal to symbol2265
Plus-minus symbol±00B1
Approximately equal to symbol2248
Not equal to symbol2260
All equal to symbol224C
Summation symbol2211
Integral symbol222B

Method 5: Object Button

1. Go to Insert tab and click Object button, select Object in the drop-down menu.

5 Methods to Insert Mathematical Symbols in Word

2. In Create New tab of the popping out Object dialog box, choose Microsoft Equation 3.0 as the Object type, then tap OK button at the bottom right.

5 Methods to Insert Mathematical Symbols in Word

3. The Equation dialog box will appear in the document. Click the icon of mathematical symbols on the top-left corner and choose the symbol you want to insert in the list. It will be added to your document immediately.

5 Methods to Insert Mathematical Symbols in Word

Note: Among all these approaches, Method 1, Method 3 and Method 5 can also be applied to Microsoft Excel. You can have a try following above steps.

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