How to Type ° Degree Symbol in macOS

Unlike most common symbols that you can easily find on your Mac’s keyboard, the ° symbol doesn’t have a dedicated key for it. That means, whenever you want to type the degree symbol on your Mac, you probably search for it on Google and copy-paste it into the document you’re working on. However, there’s a much easier way to type the degree (°) symbol in macOS, and that’s exactly what we’re going to learn about in this article.

How to Insert a Degree Symbol on Mac

There are multiple ways to type the degree ° symbol in Mac. We will discuss all these methods in this article, and you can use any one of these for typing the degree symbol easily. As always, you can use the table of contents below to check out whichever method suits your needs best.

1. Use the Degree (°) Keyboard Shortcut on Mac

By far, the easiest way to type the degree symbol in macOS is by using the dedicated keyboard shortcuts. Here’s what these shortcuts are.

  • Option+Shift+8: This is the actual keyboard shortcut for typing the degree symbol on Mac (°)
  • Option+K: This is the keyboard shortcut to type the diacritic mark (˚), which looks similar to the degree symbol, but is smaller, and the usage is different. Though you can use it to imply degrees in your documents, we would recommend sticking with the option + shift + K shortcut.
  • Option + 0 (zero): This is another mark, which, while similar in appearance to the degree symbol, is actually very different in usage. This is the masculine ordinal indicator (º) You can read more about it over here.

These shortcuts work across macOS, regardless of the app you’re typing in. So whether you’re writing an online article (as I am), or editing a document in Word, Libre Office, or any other text editor for Mac, you can use these shortcuts to type degree (°), diacritic (˚) or the masculine ordinal indicator (º).

2. Type Degree Symbol on Mac Using Emoji Keyboard

Alternatively, you can also use the Emoji and Symbols keyboard to insert degree temperature symbol on your macOS device. Here’s how to use it.

  • Press ‘control + command + space‘ when editing text in any software on your Mac. This will open up the emoji keyboard.

Note: You can also open up the emoji keyboard by heading to “Edit -> Emoji & Symbols” in the menu bar.

emoji and symbols keyboard macos
  • Here, search for ‘degree’ in the search box, and choose the degree icon. You can also choose °F and °C directly from here if needed.
degree symbol in emoji keyboard mac

3. Type Degree Symbol on New MacBooks with Globe Key

New MacBooks, as well as new Apple keyboards have a Globe key along with the Fn (function) key. You can use this to quickly open up the Emoji & Symbols keyboard and type the degree symbol.

  • When typing, just press the globe key on your keyboard and the emoji keyboard will pop-up. Now, you can search for ‘degree’ and type the degree symbol (°) easily.
emoji and symbols keyboard macos

4. Use Text Replacement to Type Degree Symbol on macOS

Even though the keyboard shortcut shift + option + 8 is quite an easy way to type the degree symbol on a Mac, if you’re looking for an even more seamless method to do the same, you can use text replacement to achieve this. Here’s how to use text replacement to type degree symbol on Mac.

  • Open System Preferences and go to ‘Keyboard’.
keyboard preferences in the mac settings app
  • On the top navigation bar, click on ‘Text’.
options inside macos keyboard settings
  • Here, you can create custom text replacements. Click on the ‘+’ icon.
create new text replacement macos
  • Type the custom text you want to use. For example, I want to use “:deg” to type the ° symbol, so I’m typing “:deg” in the ‘Replace’ column.
create new text replacement for typing degree symbol in mac
  • In the ‘With’ column, type the degree symbol using the shift + command + 8 keyboard shortcut.
degree symbol text replacement macos

That’s it, now whenever you type “:deg” and hit the space bar, macOS will replace it with the degree (°) symbol automatically.

Type Degree Sign With Ease on Your macOS Device

Well, those were the various methods you can use to type degree symbol (°) in macOS. As you can see, there are keyboard shortcuts you can use, a dedicated emoji and symbols keyboard, and you can even utilise text replacement in Mac to quickly type degree symbol whenever you need it. So, which method of typing ° on Mac are you going to use? Let us know in the comments.

comment Comments 2
  • Mark says:

    Thank you Rajesh. As an addendum to your Tip #4 (Text Replacement to Type Degree Symbol on macOS)…. *IF*, for some unknown reason, you actually want to type in “:deg” instead of “°”, then you can, immediately after macOS converts to “:deg”, press CMD+Z (undo), which will revert the text back to “:deg”. (As I was posting this comment, I saw that macOS also gave the auto-suggestion to convert “:deg”, and at that time, I could press the ESC key to not accept the auto-suggestion.)

    Again, thanks for the useful tips!

  • MJH says:

    Thanks. Very simple and concise explanation.

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