[2022] How to Type Half Symbol in MS Word/Excel

Today, we will see how to type half symbol in ms word or excel easily. The half symbol (½ or 1/2) is also called the 1/2 symbol by many.

We will show how you can insert this ½ symbol in your presentation using various methods such as half symbol alt code, half symbol shortcut keys, etc.

Let’s check them out.

How to Type Half Symbol in MS Word/Excel

On a Mac or PC keyboard, press Option + 00BD to type the Half Symbol (1/2).

Windows users can also use the numeric keypad on their right-hand side to type 0189 and holding down the alt key.

You can also get the 1/2 sign by typing 00BD and then pressing Alt + X in Microsoft Word.

Please find below a table containing all the necessary information for correctly typing this 1/2 symbol under both Windows and Mac.

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In the event you are dissatisfied with this quick solution, keep reading as I will provide detailed instructions on putting this or any other symbol into MS Word or Excel on a Mac or Windows PC.

A number of keys on the keyboard have dual functions, as you may already know.

The second keys on the keyboard have symbols readily available to them.

The insertion of such symbols is as simple as pressing two or more keys simultaneously.

You can, for instance, press Shift + 5 to display the percentage (%) symbol.

On the keyboard, there are additional symbols that are not printed as second keys.

It is hard to type with this. The half sign is one of these symbols.

When you have to use these symbols frequently in your work, typing becomes very difficult for you.

Nevertheless, it is not impossible. Even more so as you read this guide.

Method 1: Using the Half Symbol Shortcuts

Option + 00BD is the Mac shortcut for Micron symbols.

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

The 1/2 Sign can be accessed across applications, though there is a Windows shortcut. There is an Alt+0189 shortcut for this.

00BD, Alt X, is the shortcut for Half Symbol in Microsoft Word.

Microsoft Word is the only application that supports this type of shortcut.

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

  • The insertion pointer first needs to be placed where the symbol needs to be placed.
  • Hold Option and type 00BD on the Mac keyboard.
  • And release the Option key after typing.

Now you’ll be able to add the Half 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 00BD.
  • Press Alt + X after that.
  • The numbers will be converted to a half symbol at the point where the insertion pointer is placed.

I will demonstrate how to type the 1/2 symbol on your keyboard using the half symbol Alt Code in the next section.

Method 2: Using Half Symbol Alt Code in Windows

There is a character code for every character in Word.

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

Half symbol alt code is 0189.

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

  • Insert the insertion pointer at the location where you want the ½ symbol.
  • Tap and hold the Alt key, then type 0189 onto the numeric keypad.

Once the code has been typed. It will be converted to a half symbol (½) as you release the alt key.

Method 3: Simply Copy Paste the Half Symbol

Simply copy and paste the half 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 possible to recopy and paste the symbol as needed as soon as it is in your document.

Copying this symbol (½) and any other symbol in Windows can also 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.

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  • Expand the window for more advanced options by checking the Advanced View checkbox.
  • Type One Half 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: Using Insert Symbol Dialog Option

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

As soon as you copy and paste the half 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 1/2 sign in Word. Follow these steps:

  • Click on the Insert tab.

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  • 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 half symbol text.

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  • 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 half symbol in Word.

Method 5: How to setup AutoCorrect for Half Symbol

You can obtain a ½ 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 HLF on your keyboard, Word will think you’re typing the half symbol (½) 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.

autocorrect in word 

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

In place of HLF
With: ½

Once you have added the item, click OK.

Any time you type HLF into Word, the symbol ½ 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 hlf (in lowercase) into the Square root symbol unless you enter HLF (in uppercase).
  • The AutoCorrect text will not be converted if any text appears before or following it.

Final Words

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