This is a very thorough guide with several methods you can use to insert or type the Integral Symbol or Sign (∫) anywhere with your PC Keyboard, like Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint, whether you are using the Windows or Mac.
Without any wasting much time, let’s get started.
Quick Guide for typing the Integral symbol (∫)
To type the Integral Symbol anywhere on your PC or Laptop keyboard, press Option + B shortcut for Mac. And if you are using Windows, simply press down the Alt key and type 244 using the numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard.
However, to type this symbol in MS Word, just type 222B, select it and then press Alt + X to get the Integral sign.
The table below contains everything you need to know to be able to type this symbol on both Windows and Mac.
|Name of Symbol||Plus-Minus sign|
|Symbol Alt Code||244|
|Shortcut for Windows||Alt + 244|
|Shortcut for Mac||Option + B|
|Shortcut in Word 1||222B, Alt+X|
|Shortcut in Word 2||Alt + 8747|
Details about typing Integral Symbol
Whether you are using Windows or Mac, the above information is enough for you to write the Integral sign into 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 Integral 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 + 7 keys give you the Ampersand (&) 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 Integral 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 Integral 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).
In a couple of minutes, I’ll explain several methods you can use to get this (∫) and any other symbol as and when the need arises.
As a quick guide, press down the Alt key and type 244 alt code on your numeric keypad. You can also press Option + B on Mac.
However, without any further ado, below are the methods explained into details.
1. Integral Symbol Shortcuts (Windows and Mac)
The Integral Symbol Shortcut for Mac is Option + B.
Windows has several shortcuts, some of which works only in Microsoft Word.
However, there’s a Windows shortcut for the Integral Sign that works across all applications. It is the alt code shortcut which is Alt+244 (will be discussed in the next section).
The Integral Symbol shortcut for Microsoft Word is 222B, Alt X. This works in Microsoft Word Only.
To use this on Windows (for Word), obey the following instructions:
- Place the insertion pointer in the right place.
- Type 222B on your keyboard, then press Alt + X.
This will convert the numbers into the Integral symbol at where you place the insertion pointer.
Below is a breakdown on how to use the Integral 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 + B 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 Integral Symbol Alt Code to type the symbol on your keyboard.
2. Integral Symbol Alt Code (For Windows Windows)
The Integral (∫) Symbol Alt Code is 244 and 0177.
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 244 using the numeric keypad.
- After typing the Alt code (i.e. 244), release the [Alt] key you pressed down.
As soon as you release the Alt Key, the Integral (∫) symbol should appear in your document.
3. Copy and paste Integral symbol
Use the button below to copy and paste the Integral symbol for your work.
My favorite method for inserting symbols is the 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 Integral in the search box.
- The symbol you searched for (i.e. the Integral 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 Integral sign using the Character Map on Windows.
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 Integral 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 Integral 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 Integral 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 Integral symbol in Word using the insert symbol dialog.
5. Word’s AutoCorrect for the Integral Sign
You can also type the Integral 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 an acronym shortcut to the Integral Symbol (INTGR for example).
This way, whenever you type the text INTGR, Word will think that you actually wanted to type ∫ and will convert it into the Integral 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 Integral 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 Integral 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 Integral symbol into your document whenever you type INTGR.
However, below are some few things to note when you are using the AutoCorrect Method to insert the Integral sign.
- AutoCorrect is case sensitive. Meaning if you type intgr (in lowercase), Word will not convert it into the Integral sign unless you type INTGR (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 Integral symbol. For example, XINTGR (without space) will not get converted, but X INTGR (with space) will get converted to X ∫.
As you can see, these are the various ways you may insert or type the Integral symbol in Word/Excel with or without using the keyboard.
My favorite method is using the copy and paste method followed by the shortcuts. The Alt Code method also comes simple.
For any comments or questions about this Integral sign guide, please let me know in the comments section below.
Thanks for reading.