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How to Type Ohm Symbol in Word/Excel (AKA Omega Symbol)

The Omega symbol is key for anyone talking about electrical stuff, but it can be tricky to figure out how to get it into your Word and Excel files.

Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! Our guide is here to show you the easiest ways to type the Ohm symbol, making your work look super smart and professional.

Whether you’re a pro or just starting out, we’ll help you add this important symbol to your documents in no time.

Let’s get started and make your documents awesome!

Ohm (or Omega) symbol Quick Help

To easily type the Omega symbol (Ω) or the Ohm symbol in Word and Excel: using your keyboard, press and hold the Alt key, press 234 on the numeric keypad, then release the ALT key. This will give you the Omega symbol. Remember, this method requires the use of the numeric keypad, not the number keys above the letters. You can also insert the Omega symbol in Excel by entering this formula in a cell: =UNICHAR(937).

You can also copy the Omega symbol below:

The table below contains detailed information on how to type this symbol on both Windows and Mac.

Symbol NameOhm
Alt Code234
Windows ShortcutAlt + 234
Shortcut for MacOption + Z
Shortcut for Word2126, Alt X
ohm symbol shortcut

Note: If using the Option + Z shortcut on a Mac doesn’t result in typing the Ohm (Ω) symbol, it’s possible that the keyboard layout or system settings might differ or have been updated. If this happens, you can try the other methods explained later in this guide.

Whether you’re working on a Windows or Mac system, the instructions provided are all you need to seamlessly type the Omega symbol into your Word or Excel documents.

If you find the quick tips insufficient and seek a more comprehensive guide, continue reading as we delve into the specifics of incorporating this symbol, among others, into your documents on any Mac or Windows PC.

How to Insert the Ohm symbol in Word/Excel (In Detail)

In the upcoming sections, I’ll guide you through various straightforward methods to insert the Omega symbol (Ω) into documents on your Windows or Mac computer, including but not limited to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Shortly, I will reveal multiple techniques that will empower you to seamlessly type the Omega symbol (Ω), along with any other symbol, into your documents whenever required.

So, without further delay, let’s dive in and explore these options.

Method 1: Omega Symbol Alt Code Shortcut (For Windows)

The Omega Symbol Alt Code Shortcut is ALT + 234.

Ohm symbol alt code

Windows offers a simple solution through the use of Alt codes—a method that allows you to insert special characters by pressing a combination of keys.

Here’s a detailed guide on how to use the Alt Code method to type the Omega symbol on Windows. This method can be used to type the Ohm symbol in both MS Word and Excel.

Step 1: Enable Num Lock

This step is crucial because the Alt Code method relies on the numeric keypad, which is typically located on the right side of the keyboard. If your keyboard does not have a numeric keypad, you should explore other methods to get this symbol.

Step 2: Hold Down the Alt Key

Step 3: Enter the Alt Code (234)

While holding down the Alt key, enter the Alt code for the Omega symbol, which is 234. It’s important to use the numeric keypad to do this, not the numbers at the top of the keyboard.

Step 4: Release the Alt Key

Upon releasing the key, the Omega symbol (Ω) should appear in your document or text field where your cursor is located.

Points to Consider:

  • If you’re using a laptop without a numeric keypad, you may need to activate a function key (usually labeled as “Fn”) to input numbers as part of the Alt code. This can vary significantly between laptop models, so refer to your device’s manual for specific instructions.
  • The Alt Code method is applicable across various applications on Windows, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and even in web browsers.

The Alt Code method is a straightforward and effective way to type the Omega symbol (Ω) on Windows.

By following the steps outlined above, you can quickly and easily insert the Omega symbol into your documents, enhancing your writing in technical fields and beyond.

This simple technique can save time and improve the accuracy of your work, allowing for a more seamless integration of special characters in your documents.

Method 2: Insert Omega/Ohm Sign on MacOS

On a Mac, if you’re looking for a seamless way to insert the Ohm (Ω) symbol into your documents or projects, the Character Viewer and text replacement shortcuts offer a smart solution.

These methods ensure the symbol is just a few clicks away.

Here’s how to use these tools to your advantage.

Accessing the Ohm Symbol via Character Viewer on Mac

The Character Viewer in macOS is a powerful tool that lets you explore and insert a wide variety of characters and symbols.

  • Step 1: Press Control + Command + Spacebar to bring up the Character Viewer. Alternatively, you can access it through the Edit menu in most applications by selecting “Emoji & Symbols.”
Character viewer on Mac
  • Step 2: In the Character Viewer, you can find the Ohm symbol by entering “Ohm” or “Omega” in the search bar. This filters the displayed characters to show you the Ω symbol.
  • Step 3: Once you’ve found the Ω symbol, click on it to insert it directly into your document or text field where your cursor is placed.

Setting Up a Custom Shortcut with Text Replacement

For an even quicker way to type the Ohm symbol, consider creating a text replacement shortcut.

  1. Navigate to System Preferences: Click on the Apple menu, select “System Preferences,” and then choose “Keyboard.”
  2. Go to the Text Tab: Within the Keyboard section, switch to the “Text” tab, where you can manage text replacements.
  3. Add a New Shortcut: Click the “+” button to add a new replacement. In the “Replace” field, type a unique abbreviation you’ll easily remember and unlikely use in other contexts (e.g., “ohmchar”).
  4. Enter the Ohm Symbol: In the “With” field, paste the Ohm symbol (Ω). If you haven’t copied it yet, use the Character Viewer to locate and copy the symbol, then paste it here.
  5. Activate Your Shortcut: Now, typing your chosen abbreviation (e.g., “ohmchar”) in any text field will automatically replace it with the Ω symbol, streamlining your workflow.

Why Choose These Methods?

  • Flexibility: These approaches provide flexibility, allowing you to insert the Ω symbol in nearly any application on your Mac.
  • Efficiency: Setting up a custom shortcut can significantly speed up your typing, especially if you frequently use the Ohm symbol in your work.

Leveraging the Character Viewer alongside custom text replacement shortcuts transforms how you access and use the Ohm symbol on your Mac. This combination of methods not only enhances your productivity but also customizes your typing experience to fit your specific needs and preferences.

Method 3: Copy and paste Omega symbol

Copy the Omega symbol below for your use.


My favorite method for inserting symbols I don’t know how to 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.
Searching for Character Map
  • After the Character Map window opens up, click to check the Advance View checkbox to expand the window for more advanced options.
Advanced view of the Character map dialog box
  • On the Advanced View section, type Ohm in the search box.
  • The symbol you searched for (i.e. Ohm 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.
copy and paste ohm or omega symbol
  • 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 Omega 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 Ohm symbol in Word using the insert symbol dialog.

  • Go to the Insert tab.
Go to the Insert tab
  • On the Insert tab, click the Symbol button and choose More Symbols…
More Symbols

These few clicks will bring up the Symbol dialog box.

  • Locate the Symbol you want to insert.

To easily find the Ohm symbol on the Symbols window, look at the top right area of the dialog and select Letterlike Symbols in the Subset: drop-down list. The Ohm symbol you want to insert is in this category and should appear.

  • Select the symbol, and then click on the Insert button.
insert ohm or omega symbol in Word or Excel

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 Ohm symbol in Word using the insert symbol dialog.

Method 5: Adding the Omega Symbol in Word and Excel Using the Equation Tool

Whether you’re working in Microsoft Word documents or Excel spreadsheets, there’s another quick and easy method to get the Omega (Ω) symbol: i.e., using the equation tool.

The good news is that the steps for inserting the Ω symbol using the Equation Tool are quite similar in both applications.

Here’s an easy-to-follow guide for both Word and Excel:

Step 1: Open the Equation Tool

use equation to make fraction in Word
  • In Word or Excel, navigate to the Insert tab on the ribbon at the top.
  • Click on the Equation button, located in the Symbols section.
  • Then click on Insert New Equation from the menu.

This step will insert the equation text box as shown below.

With this text box also comes the Equation tab where all the symbols are.

Step 2: Find and Insert the Omega Symbol

  • In the Symbols category under the Equation tab, scroll through the list for the Omega symbol (Ω). It’s typically easy to spot.
  • Click on the Omega symbol to insert it into your equation box.

Step 3: Position Your Symbol

  • After inserting the Ω symbol, you can move the equation box to your desired location within your document or spreadsheet. Just drag the box to where it fits best.

Additional Tips:

  • Shortcut to the Equation Tool: Use the keyboard shortcut Alt + = (hold down the ‘Alt’ key and press the ‘=’ key) to quickly open a new equation box in both Word and Excel.
  • Customize Your Omega Symbol: Just like regular text, you can adjust the size, color, and alignment of the Omega symbol to match the rest of your content.

Using the Equation Tool in Microsoft Word and Excel not only simplifies the process of adding scientific symbols like the Omega but also ensures your documents and spreadsheets maintain a high level of accuracy and professionalism.

By following these steps, you’ll be able to efficiently include the Omega symbol in your projects, enhancing the overall quality of your work.

Method 6: Using MS Word’s AutoCorrect Feature

You can also type the Ohm 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 Ohm symbol (such as OMG).

This way, whenever you type the text OMG, Word will think that you actually wanted to type Ω and will convert it into the Ohm symbol for you automatically.

See illustration below:

Omega custom shortcut

What makes this method interesting is that you can assign your own shortcut or shortcode to the symbol and Word will be more than glad to insert the symbol whenever you type the code.

Without further ado, below are the steps you can use to type Ohm symbol in Word using AutoCorrect.

  • Go to the Insert tab.
Go to the Insert tab
  • On the Insert tab, go to Symbol and then click More Symbols… The Symbol windows will appear as shown in the below screenshot.
creating a custom omega sign
  • Locate the Ohm symbol, then click to select it.
  • Click on the AutoCorrect… button to display the AutoCorrect window.
  • In the AutoCorrect dialog box, enter the following:

Replace: OMG

With: Ω

creating a custom ohm shortcut
  • Click Add, then the OK button.

Now, word will automatically insert the Ohm symbol into your document whenever you type OMG.

Omega custom shortcut

However, below are some few things to note when you are using the AutoCorrect Method to insert the Ohm sign.

  • AutoCorrect is case sensitive. Meaning if you type omg (in lowercase), Word will not convert it into the Omega sign unless you type OMG (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 Ohm symbol. For example, XOMGnot get converted, but X OMG will get converted to X Ω.


As you can see, these are the various ways you may insert or type the Omega sign or symbol in Word/Excel with or without using the keyboard.

My favorite method is using the copy and paste method followed by the Ohm symbol shortcut in Word for both Windows and Mac. The Alt Code method also comes handy.

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