Using the degree symbol

2009-05-20

in Geek stuff, Writing

While this probably won’t be useful to most readers, I thought I would share how to produce the degree symbol (°) using only your keyboard, on both a PC and a Mac.

On a PC: Hold the Alt key, then type 0176 on the numeric keypad, and release the Alt key.

On a Mac: Hold the Option key, type k, release the Option key.

In Mac software, the symbol for the Option key looks like a two-pronged fork. The confusing key names and symbols are one of the things I like least about Macs. They really put me off using hotkey combinations, even though I have been using Macs daily for about four years now.

Anyhow, you can now use the appropriate symbol when writing phrases like: “avoiding a mean temperature increase of more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels.”

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Anon May 23, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Incidentally, the correct HTML character encoding for the degree sign is ampersand-deg-semicolon, with the words ‘ampersand’ and ‘semicolon’ replaced with the characters.

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