How to insert Greek symbols very quickly

  • PowerPoint
  • 2016
When you create a presentation, often it is necessary to insert some Greek symbols into the slide. You may use the equation block for inserting those symbols, but will have different format settings than the rest of your text and you will not be able to edit it in old versions of Microsoft Office. Thus, if you need to insert just a symbol, you should better use the Symbol dialog box or Alt+code shortcuts.

So, there are several different ways to do it:

    I.    The traditional way uses the ribbons:

    1.    On the Insert tab, in the Symbol group, click the Symbol button:

Symbol in PowerPoint 2016

    2.    On the Symbol dialog box:

  • In the Font dropdown list, choose the Symbol font:
    Font in Symbol dialog box in PowerPoint 2016
  • Choose the symbol you want to add into your slide:
    Symbol dialog box in PowerPoint 2016
  • Click Insert and then click Cancel.

    II.    Using Alt + code shortcuts – this way is the perfect one if you remember all codes:

In the slide hold Alt and then enter the code of the symbol.

For example, for lambda symbol you need to hold Alt and then enter 108.

Note: you can see all the codes in the Symbol dialog box:

Codes in Symbol dialog box in PowerPoint 2016

    III.    Using equitation – this way is perfect if you don’t need to care about the format and compatibility with previous versions of Microsoft Office:

    1.    In the slide where you want to insert the symbol, click Alt+= to insert the equitation block:

Equitation in PowerPoint 2016

    2.    In the equitation block without any additional efforts, you can enter any symbol that you need just by typing \+Name of the symbol:

alpha symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \alpha kappa symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \kappa varrho symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \varrho
beta symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \beta lambda symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \lambda sigma symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \sigma
chi symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \chi mu symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \mu varsigma symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \varsigma
delta symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \delta nu symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \nu tau symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \tau
epsilon symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \epsilon o symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \o upsilon symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \upsilon
varepsilon symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \varepsilon pi symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \pi omega symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \omega
phi symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \phi varpi symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \varpi xi symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \xi
varphi symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \varphi theta symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \theta psi symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \psi
gamma symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \gamma vartheta symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \vartheta zeta symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \zeta
eta symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \eta iota symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \iota rho symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \rho

To insert a capital letter of the Greek alphabet, simply enter \+Name of the symbol starting with a capital letter:

Delta symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \Delta Phi symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \Phi Gamma symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \Gamma
Lambda symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \Lambda Mu symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \Mu Pi symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \Pi
Theta symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \Theta Sigma symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \Sigma Upsilon symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \Upsilon
Omega symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \Omega Hi symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \Hi Psi symbol in PowerPoint 2016 \Psi

How to insert other symbols and templates in an equation, see How to insert the mathematical and other symbols into the PowerPoint slide.

    3.    After entering the symbol, click the space, it changed entering name to the appropriate symbol.

    4.    Click Alt+= again to exit from the equitation.

Now you can continue entering you text.

Note: you can see all of Name of the symbol that you can use in the Autocorrect Options. To open them, do the following:

    1.    On the File menu, click the Options button:

Options in PowerPoint 2016

    2.    In the PowerPoint Options dialog box, on the Proofing tab, click the AutoCorrect Options… button:

Proofing Options in PowerPoint 2016

    3.    In the AutoCorrect dialog box, choose the Math AutoCorrect tab:

AutoCorrect dialog box in PowerPoint 2016

On the Math AutoCorrect tab, you can see all Names of symbol that can be used for inserting the Greek symbols.

Note: AutoCorrect options work through all Microsoft Office products on this PC, laptop, etc. If you change some of them in PowerPoint, you will see all changes also in Word, Outlook and Excel.

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