Rules and Examples
degree symbol is a small circle ( ° ) used with temperatures, latitude and longitude, and angles of a
The degree is also called a degree sign
or a degree
On the keyboard
Most keyboards used in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and
Belgium have the degree symbol directly on the keyboard.
Keyboards used in
English-speaking countries do not
symbol on the keyboard.
We make the degree symbol holding the ALT
key and typing 248
the keypad on the right side of the keyboard.
In Microsoft Office, the INSERT
can also be used. Choose INSERT
and insert the degree symbol.
Rules for using the degree
Use the degree symbol for temperatures in Celsius (C) and Fahrenheit (F)
is the temperature scale that is used in the
It is abbreviated by a capital F
All other countries use Celsius
as their temperature scale. Celsius is
part of the metric system. We abbreviate Celsius with a capital C
When writing something informal, you can either use the degree symbol or write out the word "degrees."
When writing for science, use the degree symbol.
- Water freezes at 32° F or 0° C.
- The temperature will reach 85° Fahrenheit in Atlanta,
- London, England will see temperatures around 30° C this
- Bobby is home today because he has a temperature of 100°.
- Please convert 212° Fahrenheit to Celsius.
Spacing with the degree symbol and temperatures
Style books do not agree on the spacing with the degree symbol and temperature abbreviations.
Some style books, such as The Chicago Manual of Style, tell us to not put a space between the temperature, degree symbol, and unit of measurement.
Other style books, such as The AMA Handbook of Business Writing
, tell writers to put one space after the degree symbol.Examples:
Some scientific guides advise writers to put a space before the degree symbol.
space between the degree symbol and the temperature
scale is really just a matter of the style guide you use. In most
cases, it should not matter which style you choose to follow.
are writing for a class, ask your teacher which style to follow. But be
consistent. Use the same style throughout a piece of writing!
In mathematics, we use the degree symbol for degrees of an
- A full circle is 360°.
(= A full circle is 360 degrees.)
- A right angle is 90°.
(= A right angle is 90 degrees.)
- Please draw a 25° angle.
(= Please draw a 25-degree angle.)
These were the uses of the degree symbol. Now that you know them, it is
time to practice! Read and do