How to insert angle symbol in Word

Word 2016
An angle ∠ is a geometric figure formed by two rays - sides of the angle, emanating from the point called the vertex of the angle or angular point.

Often, in mathematical expressions, angles are marked by lowercase Greek letters: α, β, γ, θ, σ, etc. (see how to insert Greek letters quickly). Also, angles are denoted by three-point symbols, for example, ∠ ABC (where B is a vertex, and A and C are points on opposite sides of the corner).

Note: This tip is about inserting the angle into the text without using the Equation tools; see more about Word equations.

   I.  Using AutoCorrect for Math:

When you work with many documents and often need to paste just one special symbol, you don't need 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, such as angle, or even large pieces of text:

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:

Word 365 Options button

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

AutoCorrect Options in Word 365

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

Use Math AutoCorrect rules outside of the math regions in Word 365

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

Angle symbol in Word 365

Note: If you do not need the last replacement, click Ctrl+Z to cancel it.

   II.  Using a shortcut key:

In Microsoft Word, you can use Unicode to insert any of the used symbols:

Shortcut key Symbol
Angle Type 2220 and press Alt+X
Measured angle Type 2221 and press Alt+X

Note: You can see the combination in the Character code field in the Symbol dialog box (see below).

   III.  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...:

More Symbols in Word 365

On the Symbol dialog box:

  • In the Font list, select the Symbol font, and select the symbol:
    Angle symbol in Symbols Word 365
  • Click the Insert button to insert the symbol,
  • Click the OK button to close the Symbol dialog box.

Note: You can select another angle symbols from the Segoe UI Symbol font:

Angle symbol in Segoe UI Symbol font Word 365

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