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The two simple ways to insert or type the Plus Minus Symbol is to use the alt code shortcut or the copy and paste method.

Today you’ll learn how to type this symbol using the alt code. However, you can use the button below to copy the Plus Minus Symbol.

However, for a step-by-step guide on how to use the Alt Code to type this symbol with your keyboard, keep reading below.


The Plus Minus Alt Code is 241.

Using the Plus Minus alt code, you can type this (±) symbol on any Windows keyboard or PC. This code is designed to be used to type any symbol that has no dedicated key on the keyboard.

To type this symbol, press and hold the Alt key whilst you type the Plus Minus alt code (241) using the numeric keypad.

plus minus symbol alt code

Obey the instructions below to type the symbol [±] using the alt code (For Windows Users):

  • Step 1: Place your insertion pointer where you need to type the Plus Minus Symbol.
  • Step 2: Press and hold one of the Alt keys on your keyboard.
  • Step 3: Whilst holding on to the Alt key, use the numeric keypad to type the Plus Minus Symbol alt code (241).
  • Step 4: Release the Alt key after typing the Alt code to immediately insert the ± symbol.

Note that you must use the numeric keypad to type the alt code (241). You must also turn on your NumLock key to be able to use the numeric keypad. If you are using a Laptop that does not have the numeric keypad, you can press Fn+NmLk keys simultaneously to turn on the hidden numeric keypad for laptops with smaller keyboards.  

This is how you may use the Alt Code method to type the Plus Minus anywhere on your Windows PC including Microsoft Word, Excel, One Note, Sticky Note, PowerPoint or even on your browser such as Google Docs.

Plus Minus shortcut for Mac

The alt code method works fine on the Windows PC. However, if you want this symbol on Mac, there’s a shortcut for you to use instead.

The Plus Minus shortcut for Mac is [Option] + [Shift] + [=].

± plus minus alt code

To type this symbol, just press and hold the Option and the shift keys whilst you type the = sign key on your Mac keyboard.