How to Get a Degree Symbol From Arial Font

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All letters and numbers, and many commonly used symbols and punctuation marks, can be accessed through a dedicated keyboard key or by pressing "Shift" in conjunction with another key. If you want to insert a special character, however, you must take a few additional steps to track down the appropriate code. After you understand these steps, inserting characters such as the degree symbol using the Arial font becomes a quick task on Windows and Macintosh OS X computers.

Windows

  • Click the Windows "Start" button, followed by "All Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools" and "Character Map."

  • Click the "Font" drop-down menu and select "Arial."

  • Click the "Character set" drop-down menu and select "Unicode."

  • Enter "00B0" (without quotation marks) in the adjacent "Go to Unicode" field. The degree symbol appears at the top-left corner of the Character Map window.

  • Double-click the degree symbol character and click the "Copy" button.

  • Open the document where you want the degree symbol inserted, right-click at the insertion point and select "Paste."

Macintosh OS X

  • Open the document where you want the degree symbol inserted.

  • Click at the insertion point and then select "Arial" from the program's Font menu.

  • Press and hold the "Shift," "Option" and "8" keys simultaneously.

  • Release all three keys. The degree sign appears in Arial immediately.

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