How to Type a Micrometer Symbol in Word (Micron Symbol)

In this article, we will see how to type a micrometer symbol in word or excel (µ). This symbol is also known as Micron Symbol.

Let’s see how we can type this micron symbol in both windows and mac easily.

Insert Micrometer Symbol in Word/Excel

I’ve put together a quick table to help you. You won’t need to read through everything here if you look at the table below.

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In it is a micron symbol that can be copied and pasted into your work.

Additionally, the keyboard shortcut and micrometer symbol are included.

The micrometer symbol µ is typed by holding down the Alt key and entering the micron symbol alt code (i.e. 230) on your keyboard.

After typing the alt code, release the Alt key.

Those are just quick steps to get the job done.

However, if this quick help is not sufficient, here is a full step-by-step guide for inserting any symbol you desire into Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

On the keyboard are only a few symbols printed, and they can be inserted by simultaneously pressing certain keys.

There are many symbols like micron signs etc. that aren’t printed on the keyboard, so they’re difficult to type. The micron symbol (µ) also belongs to that grouping.

How to Insert the Micrometer Symbol in Windows/Mac

I will show you today how you can insert the micron symbol into Word easily.

The following methods can also be used to insert any other symbol into Word, even though I demonstrate using the micrometer symbol.

Here are various methods of inserting the micrometer sign.

Method 1: Using Shortcut for typing Micro Symbol

Option + M is the Mac shortcut for Micron symbols.

A number of shortcuts are provided by Windows, but some of them work only in Word.

The Micro Sign can be accessed across applications, though there is a Windows shortcut. There is an Alt+230 shortcut for this.

00B5, Alt X, is the shortcut for Micron Symbol in Microsoft Word.

Microsoft Word is the only application that supports this shortcut.

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How to use Micron symbol shortcuts on Mac is outlined below:

  • The insertion pointer first needs to be placed where the symbol needs to be placed.
  • Press Option + M simultaneously on the Mac keyboard.

By pressing this shortcut, you’ll be able to add the symbol to your Mac.

Following are the instructions for using the Micron symbol shortcut on Windows (for Microsoft Word):

  • Ensure that the insertion pointer is positioned correctly.
  • On your keyboard, type 00B5.
  • Press Alt + X after that.

The numbers will be converted to a Micro symbol at the point where the insertion pointer is placed.

I will demonstrate how to type the symbol on your keyboard using the Micro Symbol Alt Code in the next section.

Method 2: Using Micrometer Symbol Alt Code in Windows

There is a character code for every character in Word.

The micrometer symbol can be inserted using this character code on the Keyboard. It is commonly referred to as the Alt code.

Micrometer symbol shortcut is 230 or 0180.

Here are the steps (using the Alt code) to insert the symbol:

  • Insert the insertion pointer at the location where you want the symbol.
  • Tap and hold the Alt key, then type 230 or 0180 onto the numeric keypad.

Once the code has been typed. It will be converted to a micron (µ) as you release the alt key.

Method 3: Copy Paste Micrometer Symbol

Simply copy and paste the micrometer symbol from the box below to use in your work.


When I am unable to easily type, copy and paste is the method I prefer to use to insert symbols in Windows.

The symbol you need to type is just googled, then copied from one of the search results.

It is, however, possible to recopy and paste the symbol as needed as soon as it is in your document.

Copying this symbol and any other symbol in Windows can be done in another way.

This required the use of the Windows Character Map.

By using the character map, you can copy and paste any symbol. Follow these steps:

Select the Start button and look for the Character map.

  • Your search results will display the Character map app. Launch it by clicking on it.

character map

  • Expand the window for more advanced options by checking the Advanced View checkbox.

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  • Type Micro or Micro Sign into the search box on the Advanced View page.
  • You can now view the symbol that you searched for.
  • Select it with a double click.
  • When you click the Characters to copy box, the symbol will appear.

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  • Selecting and copying multiple symbols simultaneously is possible with this feature.
  • You will need to click the Copy button once you have selected the symbol to copy.

Paste the symbol into Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint where you need it.

Method 4: Type Micro Symbol using Insert Dialog Box

Unlike other shortcut methods, this approach is a bit more complicated. However, the process is relatively straightforward.

As soon as you copy and paste the symbol into your document, you can use it in your work as soon as you need it.

You can use the insert symbol dialog to insert the micro sign in Word. Follow these steps:

  • Select the Insert tab.

how to type micron sign

  • Choose More Symbols by clicking the Symbol button on the Insert tab.

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  • A dialog box named Symbol will appear after a few clicks.
  • You will need to insert a Symbol.
  • Symbols can be found in the drop-down list at the top right of the Symbols window.
  • Click on Latin-1 Supplement to access the micron symbol text.

typing micrometer in windows

  • In this category, you should see the micrometer symbol you are trying to insert.
  • Click on the Insert button after selecting the symbol.
  • The symbol can also be inserted by double-clicking it.
  • Click on the Close button.

This is how to insert the micrometer symbol in Word.

Method 5: Type Micron Symbol in MS Word using AutoCorrect

You can obtain a micron text or symbol using the AutoCorrect feature in word.

Spelling mistakes can be corrected with this tool. Symbols can be written with an AutoCorrect text by using this option.

Thus, each time you type any word like MCR on your keyboard, Word will think you’re typing the micrometer symbol (µ) so it’ll automatically convert it.

Especially useful when inserting symbols frequently into your work is this approach.

In no time at all, here’s how you can assign AutoCorrect text to symbols.

  • Choose More Symbols from the Symbol tab of the Insert tab.
  • The symbol appears in the dialog box.
  • To select a symbol, locate it and then click it.
  • The AutoCorrect dialog will appear when you click the button.


Select AutoCorrect from the AutoDictionary dialog box and enter the following:

In place of MCR
With: µ

autocorrect for micron

Once you have added the item, click OK.

Any time you type MCR into Word, the symbol will be inserted automatically.

When using AutoCorrect, there are a few things to remember.

  • There is a case-sensitive feature in AutoCorrect. Word will not translate mcr (in lowercase) into the Square root symbol unless you enter MCR (in uppercase).
  • The AutoCorrect text will not be converted if any text appears before or following it.

Final Words

Those are the various methods of inserting or typing the micrometer symbol in Word/Excel.

Copying and pasting into Word is my preferred method for both Windows and Mac. It is also easy to use Alt Code.

I look forward to hearing from you in the comments section below if you have any questions or comments about this guide.

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