This is a very thorough guide with several methods you can use to insert or type the Squared Symbol or 2 Square Sign (²) anywhere on your PC, like Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint, whether you are using Windows or on the Mac keyboard. You’ll learn all the easy methods including the Squared Alt code shortcut. Get all variants from How To Type A Squared Symbol In Different Software?
Quick Guide for typing the Squared symbol (²)
To type the 2 Squared Symbol anywhere on your PC or Laptop keyboard (like in Microsoft Word or Excel), press Option + 00B2 shortcut for Mac. And if you are using Windows, simply press down the Alt key and type 0178 using the numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard.
However, to type this symbol in MS Word, just type 00B2, select it and then press Alt + X to get the Squared sign.
The table below contains everything you need to know to be able to type this symbol on both Windows and Mac. It even includes the Squared Symbol Alt Code shortcut.
More details about typing the 2 Squared Symbol ²
Whether you are using Windows or Mac, the above information is enough for you to write the Squared sign into your Word/Excel document.
However, if you are not satisfied with this quick help, keep reading below as I will explain in detail, how to get the Squared symbol or any other symbol anywhere on your Mac or Windows PC like in MS Word/Excel/PowerPoint.
As you may already know, there are several dual-purpose keys on the keyboard for both Windows and Mac. That is to say that there are symbols readily available as second keys on the keyboard. Just by pressing two or more keys simultaneously, you can easily insert such symbols into your work. For instance, pressing Shift + 7 keys give you the Ampersand (&) sign.
However, other symbols aren’t printed on the keyboard as second keys. This makes it difficult to type. One of these symbols is the 2 Squared Symbol (²).
Typing becomes very difficult for you if you need to add some of these symbols regularly into your work.
But it doesn’t have to be difficult. Especially now that you are reading this step-by-step guide.
How to Insert the 2 Squared symbols in Word/Excel
In the following sections, I will show you all the easy ways to type or insert this symbol (2 Squared – ²) anywhere on your Windows or Mac PC (such as Word or Excel, or PowerPoint).
In a couple of minutes, I’ll explain several methods you can use to get the 2 Squared (²) and any other symbol as and when the need arises.
As a quick guide, press down the Alt key and type 0178 or 253 alt code on your numeric keypad. You can also press Option + 00B2 on Mac.
However, without any further ado, below are the methods explained in detail.
1. Squared Symbol ² Shortcuts (Windows and Mac)
The Squared Symbol Shortcut for Mac is Option + 00B2.
Windows has several shortcuts, some of which work only in Microsoft Word.
However, there’s a Windows shortcut for the Squared Sign that works across all applications. It is the alt code shortcut which is Alt+0178 (will be discussed in the next section).
The Squared Symbol shortcut for Microsoft Word is 00B2, Alt X. This works in Microsoft Word only.
To use this on Windows (for Word), obey the following instructions:
- Place the insertion pointer in the right place.
- Type 00B2 on your keyboard, then press Alt + X.
This will convert the numbers into the Squared symbol where you place the insertion pointer.
Below is a breakdown on how to use the Squared symbol shortcut for Mac:
- First of all, place the insertion pointer where you need to insert the symbol.
- Now, using the Mac keyboard, Press Option + 00B2 simultaneously.
This shortcut should insert the symbol for you on your Mac PC.
In the next section, I’ll show you how to use the Squared Symbol Alt Code to type the symbol on your keyboard.
2. Squared Symbol Alt Code (For Windows Windows)
The Squared (²) Symbol Alt Code is 0178 or 253.
Every symbol in Word has a unique code that you can use to insert the symbol into your document. This code is well known as “Alt code”.
Below are the steps to type this symbol on your keyboard (using the Alt code provided above:
- Press the num lock key to enable the numeric keypad. Use Fn key + NumLk keys to turn on Num Lock on laptops without the numeric keypad.
- Press and hold the Alt key and type 0178 using the numeric keypad.
- After typing the Alt code (i.e. 0178), release the [Alt] key you pressed down.
As soon as you release the Alt Key, the Squared (²) symbol should appear in your document.