Ever wonder how to enter the temperature / degree symbol in Mac OS? Typing the degree symbol on a Mac or a computer may seem like a huge puzzle since it is not immediately visible on any keyboard, but it’s actually pretty easy once you know the right keyboard shortcut.
There are actually two keyboard shortcuts for entering degree characters in MacOS and Mac OS X. You can paste the degree temperature symbol into any Mac OS X application the cursor is in by pressing one of the following keyboard shortcuts depending on the symbol you want to show :
How to enter Degree Symbols on Mac ?
Option + Shift + 8 generates one of the following values: Temperature symbol: 85 °Option + K enters a symbol like this: Degree symbol: 24◦These keystrokes are universal and are supported anywhere you can type Mac OS X. It. As long as there is a text entry point, you can enter the degree symbol, be it in Pages, Messages, Word, Safari, Chrome, or any other text editor or word processor.
How to Enter Temperature / Degrees Symbol on Mac
To try this out for yourself, open any Mac app where you can type Messages, Notes, TextEdit, Pages, Microsoft Office.Open an app that you can type on the Mac, such as TextEdit, Messages, or Pages Position the mouse pointer so that you can type in a text entry position as usual
Press one of the keyboard shortcuts to enter the degree temperature symbol:
Option + K
Option + Shift + 8
That’s it, you can use both keyboard shortcuts to enter the temperature degree symbol. Personally, I usually use Option + K because I think about it being the easiest, but use what works for you.
How many keyboard shortcut are used ?
You may notice that there are two keyboard shortcuts and that each of the two temperature symbols is a little different, but I couldn’t tell you why or what for (maybe one for Celsius, Fahrenheit and Kelvin?), So just use whatever you want, or maybe the icon is easier for you to remember with the touch of a button. When you run the text-to-speech engine on the Mac over both degree symbols, the operating system recognizes both as “degrees” without distinguishing between the two. Maybe the difference is only visible, with one degree symbol being slightly smaller than the other. But other than that, if it’s 35 degrees outside, you can tell someone without typing the whole word “degree” and that’s a bonus, right?
By the way, you can also enter the degree symbol in iOS on your iPhone or iPad with a little keyboard trick.
That’s simple stuff, isn’t it? Well, I just got an email from a relative who was obviously very frustrated that they couldn’t figure out how to type the degree temperature icon in Mac OS X. I laughed for a moment, but then I realized that I was asked this question a few times especially by the last switch, so clearly some of the simple things just need a simple explanation. Happy temperature tell, and enjoy your weather whatever it is!
And if you know of any other method to enter the degree symbol in Mac OS, let us know in the comments below!