Check Out Tips On How To Type Division Symbol Mac

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The division symbol is an essential arithmetic sign used for mathematical expression. This symbol is a small horizontal line with two dots, one on each side (upper and lower) across the horizontal line.

Sometimes people mistake the division symbol (÷) for the forward-slash character (/). Unfortunately, they are not the same thing. Their functions vary, though the slash symbol is sometimes used in place of the division symbol. 

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How To Type A Division Symbol Mac?

Typing the division symbol on Mac is quite different from typing it on windows. There are several ways to input or type the division symbol on Mac. Check them out:

Using The Keyboard Shortcut Method: 

Typing the division symbol on Mac is super easy to do. However, for you to type/insert the division symbol with the above method, all you need to do is follow these steps.

Step 1:  Open your Mac and place your pointer or cursor on the position you want the symbol to be.

Step 2: Proceed by pressing the [Option] key and then forward-slash [/] key instantaneously. Immediately, the division symbol will appear on the chosen spot.  

Using Insert Symbol Dialog Method:

This method is not as simple as the first, but it is still doable and not that difficult to execute. You can execute it on programs such as MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Below are the steps to successfully execute this method.

Step 1: On your Mac, launch your Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document.

Step 2: Navigate your pointer or cursor to where you desire to type the division symbol

Step 3: Proceed to the insert tab, category of symbols will display. Then click on it.

Step 4: Furthermore, click on the more symbols at the bottom/lower part of the characters’ category.

Step 5: Afterward, the dialog box opens. Click on the “Latin-1 Supplement” in the Subset list below to display the division symbol. 

Note the division symbol belongs to this category.

Step 6: You can now select the division symbol and click the “insert” button to bring it to your document. Or, you can also double click on the division symbol for it to appear directly on your document.

Step 7: Close the dialog tag and return to your document. You’ll find the symbol on the exact spot you clicked from step 1. Congratulations, you just typed the division symbol on your Mac using the insert symbol dialog method.

Also, once you type the division symbol on your document using this method, you need to copy and paste. That’s it.

Using The Copy And Paste Method

This is one of the easiest ways to type the division symbol on your Mac. All you need to do is identify the character from any source, highlight it, copy using “CTRL+C” keys concurrently, and paste it on your desired spot using “CTRL+V” simultaneously.

Mac provides you with a character viewer, which allows you to insert any characters/symbols of your choice. After installing the character viewer, you can access the mathematical symbols. Follow these steps for a quick copy and paste of the division symbol on Mac:

Step 1: Proceed to the Apple menu and open Systems Preferences.

Step 2: Click on the “Keyboard” option.

Step 3: After that, click on “Character Viewers in the menu bar” that pops up when you click the “Keyboard” option. 

Step 4: Proceed further by switching the “View” to “Roman.” Then select “Math” in the left menu to display mathematical symbols.

Step 5: After that, highlight the division symbol and copy, or use the short code to copy. Return to your document and insert by pasting or using the short code.

When copying symbols from a different source into your document, one crucial thing to realize is, the font size and type usually differ, making your work appear heterogeneous. However, you can highlight the symbol and change to the desired font type and size.   

Using The Word AutoCorrect Method

This method is only visible on MS Word, where the AutoCorrect feature is functional. But then, you should be conversant with MS Word. When typing, the program will automatically correct your misspelled words.  

You can assign a short code choice to the division symbol (DIVS). MS Word will memorize this short code as a division symbol. Anytime you type the letters DIVS, it will automatically change to the division symbol. Also, bear in mind that MS Word will not display the division symbol if you type lower case letters.

Furthermore, one exciting thing about this method is that you can delegate any code to a particular symbol, and MS Word will memorize it. Anytime you type that code, the character attached to it will pop up.

Below is an illustration showing how to use the autocorrect method to type the division symbol:

Step 1: Click and open your MS Word pages. Then click on the “symbol” icon; after that, click on the “more symbol.” 

Step 2: Look for the division symbol and click on it to select it.

Step 3: Proceed with your pointer to the icon on the bottom that reads “AutoCorrect…” click on it.

Step 4: In the AutoCorrect dialog box, type, replace “DIVS” with ÷ click “Add” then click on “OK.”

After these few steps, anytime you type the capital “DIVS,” the ÷ will appear.

Using The Insert Equation Method

This is another way of typing the division symbol, and it is limited to MS Word only. Use this method when organizing a document with lots of mathematical symbols, including the division symbol.

You can keep to the instructions below for typing the division symbol using the insert Equation method:

Step 1: Place your pointer on any spot of your choice on the MS Word page where you want to type the symbol.

Step 2: Press the “alt” key and the “=” key on your keyboard simultaneously to introduce the Equation field.

Note: The Equation field is a small rectangular box that will appear on your page screen with the inscription “Type equation here.”

Step 3: Proceed by typing right inside the “Type equation here” “\div” and tap the spacebar. Immediately the division symbol will appear in the equation field.

Using The Emoji Keyboard Method

Another quick way to type the division symbol on Mac is by the emoji method. You can follow the quick steps below to do this:

Step 1: Press the “Control” + “Command” + “Space” keys simultaneously, and it will display the “character viewer” page.

Step 2: The character viewer page displayed, type “division” in the search box at the top of the page.

Step 3: You will then see a lot of division emojis and signs. Proceed by selecting the division symbol you desire. 

Step 4: Check the preview. You can add the symbol to your favorites for quick subsequent use if you wish. Then insert the character on your document.


How to type division symbol Mac depends on individual preference. One may prefer to use the keyboard method while others may prefer other methods. However, the method you choose to use doesn’t matter. At the end, you’ll still get the division symbol, which is the main thing. 

But if you’re someone that enjoys experimenting things, you can try the various methods mentioned here.   

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