# How to insert plus-minus and minus-plus symbols in Word

**plus-minus**symbol

**±**(also known as

**) is placed in front of an expression and means that the following value can be either positive or negative, more or less. This symbol often indicates:**

*plus or minus sign*- the limits of changing parameters
- instrumental accuracy of measurements for a physical quantity
- the expected spread of the statistically estimated parameter values
- the interval of the result in approximate mathematical calculations.

For example, the phrase *"net weight 200 ± 5% g"* means that the product's net weight lies in the range from 190 to 210 g.

The **minus–plus** symbol **∓** (also known as ** minus-or-plus sign**) is used with one or more

**plus-minus signs**and means that the

**plus sign**in

**plus-minus**in one expression strictly corresponds to the

**minus sign**in

**minus-plus**and vice versa, e.g.:

** Note**: In chess notation, the

**±**symbol means that after the corresponding move, white has an advantage, and the

**∓**symbol tells that black has an advantage.

There are several different ways how to insert **plus-minus** or **minus-plus** symbols into a Word document:

## I. Using the Equation:

** 1. ** Place the cursor where you want to insert the ** plus-minus** symbol or

**symbol, then click**

*minus-plus***Alt+=**to insert the equitation block:

** 2. ** In the equitation block, without any additional efforts, you can enter some mathematical symbols by typing ** \+Name of the symbol**:

## II. Using AutoCorrect for Math:

When you work with many documents and ** often** need to paste a single special symbol, you may not want to insert an equation each time. Microsoft Word offers a helpful feature named

**AutoCorrect**. The

**AutoCorrect**options in Microsoft Word propose two different ways to quickly add any special character, or even large pieces of text:

- Using
the
**Replace text as you type**function of the**AutoCorrect**options. - Using the
**Math AutoCorrect**options:

Using this method, you can benefit from the **Math AutoCorrect** options without inserting an equation. To turn on or turn off the **AutoCorrect** of the **Math** symbols, do the following:

** 1. ** On the **File** tab, click **Options**:

** 2. ** In the **Word Options** dialog box, on the
**Proofing** tab, click the **AutoCorrect Options...** button:

** 3. ** In the **AutoCorrect** dialog box, on the **Math AutoCorrect** tab, select the **Use Math AutoCorrect rules outside of the math regions** option:

After clicking **OK**, you can use any of the listed ** Names of symbols**, and Microsoft Word will replace them with the appropriate symbols:

** Note**: If you do not need the last replacement, click

**Ctrl+Z**to cancel it.

## III. Using a shortcut key:

Microsoft Word offers a pre-defined shortcut key for some symbols such as ** plus-minus sign** and

**:**

*minus-plus sign*- Type
**00b1**or**00B1**(does not matter, uppercase or lowercase) and immediately press**Alt+X**to insert thesymbol:*plus-minus***±** - Type
**2213**and press**Alt+X**to insert thesymbol:*minus-plus***∓**

** Note**: You can see the combination in the

**Character code**field in the

**Symbol**dialog box (see below).

## IV. Using a Symbol dialog box:

To open the **Symbol** dialog box, on the **Insert** tab, in the **Symbols** group, select the **Symbol** button, and then click **More Symbols...**:

On the **Symbol** dialog box, select the symbol and click the **Insert** button:

To select the **minus-plus** symbol, in the **Font** list, choose the **Segoe UI Symbol** font, and select the symbol: