How to Type Degree Temperature Symbol in Mac OS X
Typing the degrees symbol on a Mac or any computer may seem like a giant mystery but it’s actually really easy if you know the proper keyboard shortcut. There are actually tow keyboard shortcuts for typing degree signs in OS X, and you can insert the degree temperature symbol into any Mac OS X app where your cursor is located by hitting the following key command, depending on which symbol you want to show:
- Option+Shift+8 produced one like this: Temperature Symbol: 85°
- Option+K types a symbol like this: Degree Symbol: 24˚
These keystrokes are universal and supported by everywhere you can type in OS X, it doesn’t matter what app you’re in on the Mac. As long as there is a text entry point, you can type the degree symbol, be it in Pages, Messages, Word, Safari, Chrome, or any other text editor or word processor.
You may notice the symbols are slightly different, but I couldn’t tell you why or what for (perhaps one for celsius, fahrenheit, and kelvin?), so just use which ever one you want, or maybe whatever symbol is easier for you to remember with the keystroke. But aside from that, if it’s 35˚ outside, now you can tell someone without typing out the full word ‘degrees’, and that’s a bonus, right?
By the way, you can also type the degree symbol in iOS on your iPhone or iPad with a little keyboard trick too.
This is simple stuff though right? Well, I just got an email from a relative who was clearly very frustrated that they couldn’t figure out how to type the degree temperature symbol in Mac OS X. I laughed about it for a second but then realized I’ve been asked this question a few times before especially from recent switchers, so clearly some of the simple things just need a simple explanation. Happy temperature telling, and enjoy your weather whatever it is!