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5 Ways to Insert a Square Root Symbol in Word

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Microsoft Word is one of the most popular word processing software available in the technology market for a multitude of platforms. The software, developed and maintained by Microsoft offers various features for you to type and edit your documents. Whether be it a blog article or a research paper, Word makes it easy for you to make the document meet the professional standards of a text. You can even type a full book in Microsoft Word! Word is such a powerful word processor that could include images, graphics, charts, 3D models, and many such interactive modules. But when it comes to typing math, many people find it difficult with the insertion of symbols. Mathematics generally involves a lot of symbols, and one such commonly used symbol is the square root symbol (√). Inserting a square root in MS Word is not that much tough. Yet, if you are not sure about how to insert a square root symbol in Word, let us help you using this guide.

How to Insert a Square Root Symbol in Word

5 Ways to Insert a Square Root Symbol in Word

#1. Copy & Paste the symbol in Microsoft Word

This is perhaps the simplest way to insert a square root sign in your Word document. Just copy the symbol from here and paste it in on your document. Select the square root sign, press Ctrl + C. This would copy the symbol. Now go to your document and press Ctrl + V. The square root sign would now be pasted onto your document.

Copy the symbol from here: √

Copying the Square Root symbol and Paste it

#2. Use the Insert Symbol option

Microsoft Word has a predefined set of signs and symbols, including the square root symbol. You can use the Insert Symbol option available in word to insert a square root sign in your document.

1. To use the insert symbol option, navigate to the Insert tab or menu of Microsoft Word, then click on the option labelled Symbol. 

2. A drop-down menu would show up. Choose the More Symbols option at the bottom of the drop-down box.

Choose the More Symbols option at the bottom of the drop-down box

3. A dialogue box titled “Symbols” would show up. Click on the Subset drop-down list and select Mathematical Operators from the list displayed. Now you can see the square root symbol.

4. Make a click to highlight the symbol sign then click the Insert button. You can also double-click the symbol to insert it in your document.

Select Mathematical Operators. Make a click on that to highlight the symbol and then click the Insert

#3. Inserting a Square Root using the Alt code

There is a character code for all characters and symbols in Microsoft Word. Using this code, you can add any symbol to your document if you know the character code. This character code is also called as an Alt code.

The Alt code or character code for the square root symbol is Alt + 251.

  • Place your mouse cursor at the location where you want the symbol to be inserted.
  • Press and hold the Alt key then use the numeric keypad to type 251. Microsoft Word would insert a square root sign at that location.

Inserting a Square Root using the Alt + 251

Alternatively, you can make use of this option below.

  • After placing your pointer at the desired location, Type 221A.
  • Now, press the Alt and X keys together (Alt + X). Microsoft Word would automatically transform the code into a square root sign.

Inserting a Square Root using the Alt code

Another useful keyboard shortcut is Alt + 8370. Type 8370 from the numeric keypad as you hold the Alt key. This would insert a square root sign at the location of the pointer.

NOTE: These numbers specified are to be typed from the numeric keypad. Hence you should ensure that you have the Num Lock option enabled. Do not use the number keys located above the letter keys on your keyboard.

#4. Making use of the Equations Editor

This is another great feature of Microsoft Word. You can make use of this equations editor to insert a square root sign in Microsoft Word.

1. To use this option, navigate to the Insert tab or menu of Microsoft Word, then click on the option labelled Equation.

Navigate to the Insert tab and find a box containing the text “Type Equation Here”

2. As soon as you click the option, you can find a box containing the text “Type Equation Here” automatically inserted in your document. Inside the box, type \sqrt and press the Space key or the Spacebar. This would automatically insert a square root sign in your document.

Insert a Square Root Symbol using the Equations Editor

3. You can also make use of the keyboard shortcut for this option (Alt + =). Press the Alt key and the = (equal to) key together. The box to type your equation would show up.

Alternatively, you can try the method illustrated below: 

1. Click on the Equations option from the Insert tab.

2. Automatically the Design tab appears. From the options shown, chose the option labelled as Radical. It would display a drop-down menu listing various radical symbols.

Automatically the Design tab appears

3. You can insert the square root sign into your document from there.

#5. The Math Autocorrect feature

This is also a useful feature to add a square root symbol to your document.

1. Navigate to the File From the left panel, choose More… and then click Options.

Navigate to the File From the left panel, choose More… and then click Options

2. From the left panel of the Options dialog box, choose Now, click on the button labelled “Autocorrect options” and then navigate to the Math Autocorrect option.

Click on the button “Autocorrect options” and then navigate to the Math Autocorrect

3. Tick on the option that says “Use Math Autocorrect rules outside of math regions”. Close the box by clicking OK.

Close the box by clicking “OK”. type \sqrt Word would change it into a square root symbol

4. From now onwards, wherever you type \sqrt, Word would change it into a square root symbol.

Another way to set autocorrect is as follows.

1. Navigate to the Insert tab of Microsoft Word, and then click on the option labelled Symbol.

2. A drop-down menu would show up. Choose the More Symbols option at the bottom of the drop-down box.

3. Now click on the Subset drop-down list and select Mathematical Operators from the list displayed. Now you can see the square root symbol.

4. Make a click to highlight the square root symbol. Now, click on the Autocorrect button.

Make a click on that to highlight the symbol. Now, choose the Autocorrect

5. The Autocorrect dialog box would show up. Enter the text that you want to change to a square root sign automatically.

6. For example, type SQRT then click on the Add button. From now on, whenever you type SQRT, Microsoft Word would replace the text with a square root symbol.

Click on the Add button and then click on OK

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I hope now you know how to insert a square root symbol in Microsoft Word. Drop your valuable suggestions in the comments section and let me know if you have any questions. Also check out my other guides, tips, and techniques for Microsoft Word.

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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