You will often find it convenient to display symbols such as a, b, D, p, @and ± within your worksheet. Depending on which symbols you wish to display, there are at least two methods of doing so.

With the first method you can simply change the font face to Symbol and type the appropriate letter. For example, to display the Greek letter alpha, a, first type the letter “a”. Then highlight the letter and change the font to “Symbol”. That’s all there is to that method.

Below are some of the characters you can display by changing the font to “Symbol”.

To create this character… Change the font to “Symbol” and type this letter…
α alpha a
β beta b
δ delta d
φ phi f
ϒ upsilon g
λ lambda l
µ micron m
ν nu n
π pi p
θ theta q
ρ rho r
σ sigma s
τ tau t
ω omega w
 
To create this character… Change the font to “Symbol” and type this letter…
Χ Chi C
Δ Delta D
Φ Phi F
Γ Gamma G
Λ Lambda L
Φ Phi P
Θ Theta Q
Σ Sigma S
Ω Omega W
Approx equal @
perpendicular ^
therefore  
     
     

Unfortunately not every character you will wish to use can be displayed with the above method. Some characters like, ° (degree), ±, × and ÷ can be displayed by using a second method.

To get these and certain other characters to appear in your worksheet, press the <ALT> key while you use the numeric keypad to type in the appropriate numerical code. For example, in order to create the degree symbol ( ° ), press the <ALT> key while you type 0176 with the numeric keypad, not the number keys on the main keyboard.

Below are some of the characters you can display with the <ALT>+number method.

To create this character… Press the <ALT> key while typing this number…
° degree 0176
± Plus/Minus 0177
¹ 1st power 0185
× Multiply 0215
÷ Divide 0247
¥ Yen 0165
 
To create this character… Press the <ALT key while typing this number…
© Copyright 0169
³ 3rd power 0179
»  Dbl right angle 0187
º  ordinal indicator 0186
Ñ  N-Tilde 0209
paragraph 0182

 

Note that the numbers entered above must be entered with the numeric keypad, not the main keyboard.