How to type the ° degree symbol in macOS (all methods)

Unlike most common symbols that you can easily find on your Mac keyboard, the ° symbol does not have a dedicated key. This means that whenever you want to type in the degree symbol on your Mac, you’re likely to google it and copy and paste it into whatever document you’re working on. However, there is a much easier way to type the degree (°) symbol in macOS, and that’s exactly what we’ll learn in this article.

How to Insert a Degree Symbol on Mac

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

1. Use the Degree (°) keyboard shortcut on Mac

By far the easiest way to enter the degree symbol in macOS is to use the dedicated keyboard shortcuts. Here is 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 for typing the diacritical mark (˚), which looks like the degree symbol, but is smaller and has a different usage. While you can use it to imply degrees in your documents, we recommend sticking with the +Shift+K shortcut.
  • Variant + 0 (zero): This is another mark which, although similar in appearance to the degree symbol, is actually quite different in its use. It is the masculine ordinal indicator (º) You can read more here.

These shortcuts work on macOS no matter what app you’re typing in. So whether you’re writing an article online (like me) 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 the degree symbol on Mac using the Emoji Keyboard

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

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

To note: You can also open the emoji keyboard by going to “Edit -> Emoji & Symbols” in the menu bar.

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

3. Type the degree symbol on newer MacBooks with the Globe key

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

  • When typing, just press the globe key on your keyboard and the emoji keyboard will appear. Now you can search for “degree” and easily type the degree symbol (°).
macos keyboard emoji and symbols

4. Use Text Replacement to Type Degree Symbol on macOS

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

  • Open System Preferences and go to “Keyboard”.
keyboard preferences in mac settings app
  • In the top navigation bar, click “Text”.
options in 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 type “:deg” in the “Replace” column.
create new text replacement for typing degree symbol in mac
  • In the “With” column, enter the degree symbol using the keyboard shortcut Shift+Command+8.
degree symbol text replacement macos

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

Type the degree sign with ease on your macOS device

Well, these are the different methods you can use to type the degree symbol (°) in macOS. As you can see, there are keyboard shortcuts you can use, a dedicated emoji and symbol keyboard, and you can even use Text Replacement on Mac to quickly type the degree symbol whenever you need. So which ° input method on Mac are you going to use? Let us know in the comments.