This is a very thorough guide with several methods you can use to insert or type the Not Equal to Symbol or Sign (≠) on any software such as Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint, whether you are using the Windows or on Mac keyboard. You’ll learn all the easy methods including the Not Equal to Alt code shortcut.
Without any wasting much time, let’s get started.
Quick Guide for typing the Not Equal to symbol (≠)
To type the Not Equal to Symbol anywhere on your PC or Laptop keyboard (like in Microsoft Word or Excel), press Option + = shortcut for Mac. And if you are using Windows, simply press down the Alt key and type 8800 using the numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard.
The table below contains everything you need to know to be able to type this symbol on both Windows and Mac.
|Name of Symbol||Not Equal to|
|Alt Code 1||8800|
|Windows Shortcut||Alt + 8800|
|Mac Shortcut||Option + =|
|Shortcut in Word||2260, Alt+X|
Getting into the Details
Whether you are using Windows or Mac, the above information is enough for you to write the ≠ sign anywhere including your Word/Excel document.
However, if you are not satisfied with this quick help, keep reading below as I will explain in detail, how to get the Not Equal to symbol or any other symbol anywhere on your Mac or Windows PC like in MS Word/Excel/PowerPoint.
As you may already know, there are several dual-purpose keys on the keyboard for both Windows and Mac. That is to say that there are symbols readily available as second keys on the keyboard. Just by pressing two or more keys simultaneously, you can easily insert such symbols into your work. For instance, pressing Shift + 6 keys give you the Caret (^) sign.
However, other symbols aren’t printed on the keyboard as second keys. This makes it difficult to type. One of these symbols is the Not Equal to symbol (≠).
Typing becomes very difficult for you if you need to add some of these symbols regularly into your work.
But it doesn’t have to be difficult. Especially now that you are reading this step-by-step guide.
How to Insert Not Equal to symbol in Word/Excel
In the following sections, I will show you all the easy ways to type or insert this symbol (≠) anywhere on your Windows or Mac PC (such as Word or Excel or PowerPoint).
As a quick guide, press 2260, Alt+X on your keyboard to type the Not Equal to symbol in Microsoft Word. This shortcut works in MS Word only. You can also press Option + = on Mac.
However, without any further ado, below are the methods explained into details.
Method 1: Not Equal to Symbol Shortcuts (Windows and Mac)
The Not Equal to Symbol Shortcut for Mac is Option + =.
Windows has several shortcuts, some of these shortcuts works only in Microsoft Word. Not Equal to symbol shortcut is one of them.
Does Not Equal to Symbol shortcut for Microsoft Word is 2260, Alt+X.
This shortcut works in Microsoft Word in Windows only.
To use this shortcut, obey the following instructions:
- Place the insertion pointer in the right place.
- Type 2260 on your keyboard, then press Alt + X. This will convert the code (2260) into the Not Equal to symbol at where you place the insertion pointer.
Below is a breakdown on how to use the Not Equal to symbol shortcut for Mac:
- First of all, place the insertion pointer where you need to insert the symbol.
- Now, using the Mac keyboard, Press Option + = simultaneously.
This shortcut should insert the symbol for you on your Mac PC.
In the next section, I’ll show you how to use the Not Equal to Symbol Alt Code to type the symbol on your keyboard.
Method 2: Not Equal to Symbol Alt Code (Windows)
Does Not Equal to (≠) Symbol Alt Code is 8800 .
Every symbol in Word has a unique code that you can use to insert the symbol into your document. This code is well known as “Alt code”.
Below are the steps to type this symbol on your keyboard (using the Alt code provided above:
- Press the num lock key to enable the numeric keypad. Use Fn key + NumLk keys to turn on Num Lock on laptops without the numeric keypad.
- Press and hold the Alt key and type 8800 using the numeric keypad.
- After typing the Alt code (i.e. 8800), release the [Alt] key you pressed down.
As soon as you release the Alt Key, the Not Equal to (≠) symbol should appear in your document.
Method 3: Copy and paste Not Equal to Symbol
Use the button below to copy and paste the Not Equal to symbol for your work.
My favorite method for inserting symbols I can’t easily type is copy and paste.
With this method, all you need to do is google the symbol you need to type, then copy it from one of the search results provided. Once you get the symbol into your document, you can always recopy and paste it as and when the need arises.
Use the button above to get this symbol on your clipboard.
There is another way to copy this and any other symbol on Windows. It involved using the Windows Character Map.
Obey the steps below to copy and paste any symbol using the character map.
- Search for the Character map app by clicking on the Start button.
- The Character map app will show up in the search results. Click on it to launch.
- After the Character Map window opens up, click to check the Advance View checkbox to expand the window for more advanced options.
- On the Advanced View section, type Not Equal to in the search box.
- The symbol you searched for (Not Equal symbol) will now appear on the Character map. Double click on it to select it. You’ll see that the symbol appears in the Characters to copy text box. This allows you to select and copy several symbols at the same time.
- After selecting the symbol, you wish to copy, click on the Copy button.
- Switch over to wherever you need the symbol, whether in MS Word, Excel, or PowerPoint and press Ctrl + V to paste.
This is how you may copy and paste the Not Equal to sign using the Character Map on Windows.
Method 4: Using Insert Symbol Dialog
This approach isn’t as straight forward as the shortcut methods. But it’s fairly simple.
And once you get the symbol into your document, you can always copy and paste it again as and when you need it in your work.
Below are the steps to insert the Not Equal to Sign in Word using the insert symbol dialog.
- Go to the Insert tab.
- On the Insert tab, click the Symbol button and choose More Symbols…
These few clicks will bring up the Symbol dialog box.
- Locate the Symbol you want to insert.
To easily find the Not Equal to symbol on the Symbols window, look at the top right area of the dialog and select Mathematical Operators in the Subset: drop-down list. The Not Equal to symbol you want to insert is in this category and should appear.
- Select the symbol, and then click on the Insert button.
Alternatively, double-clicking on the symbol will also insert the symbol into your document.
- Click the Close button.
This is how you may insert a Not Equal to symbol in Word using the insert symbol dialog.
Method 5: Word’s AutoCorrect for the Not Equal to Sign
You can also type the Not Equal to Symbol using the AutoCorrect feature in Word.
It is a feature in MS Word designed for correcting spelling mistakes like thsi to this.
Using this AutoCorrect Feature, you can assign a short code to the Not Equal to symbol (such as NTEQ).
This way, whenever you type the text NTEQ, Word will think that you actually wanted to type ≠ and will convert it into the Not Equal to symbol for you automatically.
See illustration below:
What makes this method interesting is that you can assign your own custom shortcut or short code to the symbol and Word will automatically insert the symbol whenever you type the code.
Without further ado, below are the steps you can use to type Not Equal to symbol in Word using AutoCorrect.
- Go to the Insert tab.
- On the Insert tab, go to Symbol and then click More Symbols… The Symbol windows will appear.
- Locate the Not Equal to symbol, then click to select it.
- Click on the AutoCorrect… button to display the AutoCorrect window.
- In the AutoCorrect dialog box, enter the following:
- Click Add, and then then hit the OK button.
Now, word will automatically insert the Not Equal to symbol into your document whenever you type NTEQ.
However, below are some few things to note when you are using the AutoCorrect Method to insert the Not Equal to sign.
- AutoCorrect is case sensitive. Meaning if you type nteq (in lowercase), Word will not convert it into the Not Equal to sign unless you type NTEQ (in uppercase).
- If there is any text before or after the AutoCorrect text, Word will consider the AutoCorrect text as part of the text and hence will not convert it to the Not Equal to symbol. For example, XNTEQ will not get converted, but X NTEQ will get converted to X ≠.
As you can see, these are the various ways you may insert or type the Not Equal to symbol in Word/Excel with or without using the keyboard.
My favorite method is using the copy and paste method followed by the shortcut in Word for both Windows and Mac. The Alt Code method also comes simple.
For any comments or questions about this guide, please let me know in the comments section below.
Thanks for reading.