Insert mathematical symbols

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In Word, you can insert mathematical symbols into equations or text by using the equation tools.

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Symbols group, click the arrow under Equation, and then click Insert New Equation.

    The Equation menu

  2. Under Equation Tools, on the Design tab, in the Symbols group, click the More arrow.

    Clicking the More arrow to find more mathematical symbols

  3. Click the arrow next to the name of the symbol set, and then click the name of the symbol set that you want to display.

  4. Click the symbol that you want to insert.

Available symbol sets

The following mathematical symbol sets are available in the Symbols group in Word. After clicking the More arrow, click the menu at the top of the symbols list to see each grouping of symbols.

Symbol set

Subset

Definition

Basic Math

None

Commonly used mathematical symbols, such as > and <

Greek Letters

Lowercase

Lowercase letters from the Greek alphabet

Uppercase

Uppercase letters from the Greek alphabet

Letter-Like Symbols

None

Symbols that resemble letters

Operators

Common Binary Operators

Symbols that act on two quantities, such as + and รท

Common Relational Operators

Symbols that express a relationship between two expressions, such as = and ~

Basic N-ary Operators

Operators that act across a range of variables or terms

Advanced Binary Operators

Additional symbols that act on two quantities

Advanced Relational Operators

Additional symbols that express a relationship between two expressions

Arrows

None

Symbols that indicate direction

Negated Relations

None

Symbols that express a negated relationship

Scripts

Scripts

The mathematical Script typeface

Frakturs

The mathematical Fraktur typeface

Double-Struck

The mathematical double-struck typeface

Geometry

None

Commonly used geometric symbols

See also

Insert symbols

Insert a symbol or special character

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