How to Type Approximate Symbol on Keyboard? Have you been trying to type the approximate symbol on a post that you are writing, or while at work in Microsoft Word or Excel, but could not do so, because you do not know how to write or get that symbol in your document? Here you go then! I am about to disclose various facts related to this approximate(≈) symbol and by the end of this post, you will also get to know several ways to type that symbol whenever and wherever you need it.

What is the Approximate Symbol?

An approximation symbol is a mathematical function used to indicate that two components are approximately equal in size. It is mainly used to make an estimate or round a number rather than using many digits. The approximation symbol is indicated by a squiggly equal sign (≈). This sign indicates that the two expressions are almost equal, but not exactly equal. There are several ways to insert/type the “approximately equal” symbol in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. So, let’s see the several ways out there, one by one.

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How to Type Approximate Symbol on Keyboard?

In this section, we will look at the various methods one by one, starting with the most common ones first and then proceeding to the others. So, let’s start right away!

Using Copy & Paste ~~>

“Copy & Paste” is the easiest and easily fastest way to insert the approximate symbol into your texts. All you have to do is search the Internet for the “approximately equal” symbol, copy it, and paste it into your document.

If not the internet, here’s the sign ( ≈ ) for your usage. You can simply copy and paste this too.

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Using the “Character Table” ~~>

Another interesting feature that you can use is using the “Character Table”. Here’s all that you need to do:

  • Press the Windows button/click the Start button.
  • Thereafter, search for “character table”, in the search box.
  • Next, select the character table.
  • Now, click the “Advanced View” check box in the “Drawing Table” dialog box that appears.
  • Type “Almost equal” in the Search for test field.
  • That’s it! You can finally, click on the icon (≈) and then on Copy.
  • Now, open your document/Excel sheet/ anywhere you want to place the symbol and paste it.
  • Hurray! Enjoy your day:)

Using Auto-Correct ~~>

You can also insert the Approximately Equal or Almost Equal character automatically with AutoCorrect. To set up an AutoCorrect entry, here’s what you need to do:

  • Position your mouse pointer in your Word document.
  • Thereafter, click on the “Insert” tab > “Symbols” Group > “Symbols”
  • In the drop-down menu that appears, click “More Symbols”
  • Thereafter, choose (Normal Text) from the Font drop-down menu.
  • Proceed to choose “Mathematical Operators”, thereafter.
  • Scroll through the list of symbols until you find the symbol for approximately equal or almost equal (≈) and click it.
  • Then, click on “AutoCorrect”.
  • Next, in the “Replace With” field, type the name of the entry (say, \SP).
  • Hereafter, click on “Add” > “OK” > “Close”.
  • That’s it! Now, you can type the entry “\SP” and press the space bar to have your desired ( ≈ ) approximate symbol. 🙂

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Use a Custom-Keyboard Shortcut ~~>

To create a keyboard shortcut for the ( ≈ ) symbol, here’s what you need to do:

  • Position your mouse pointer in an MS Word document.
  • Thereafter, click on the “Insert” tab > “Symbols” Group > “Symbols”
  • In the drop-down menu that appears, click “More Symbols”
  • Thereafter, choose (Normal Text) from the Font drop-down menu.
  • Proceed to choose “Mathematical Operators”, thereafter.
  • Scroll through the list of symbols until you find the symbol for approximately equal or almost equal (≈) and click it.
  • Thereafter, click on “Shortcut”.
  • In the dialog box that appears, click on “Assign New Shortcut Key”
  • Press the keys you want to assign (say, Ctrl + Shift + K).
  • Next, click on “Assign”.
  • Click “Close” > “Close”
  • That’s it! Hurray! You have successfully created the shortcut keys for the (≈) symbol.

Using Alt Key Combinations ~~>

  • Position your mouse pointer in the document.
  • Thereafter, press and hold “Alt + 247” on the numeric keypad.
  • That’s it! Enjoy approximating 🙂

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Using the Insert Symbol feature of MS-Word ~~>

Instead of the above methods, you can also use this quite popular method, i.e. using the Insert Symbol feature of MS Word. Let’s see how to do it:

  • Position your mouse pointer in an MS Word document.
  • Thereafter, click on the “Insert” tab > “Symbols” Group > “Symbols”
  • In the drop-down menu that appears, click “More Symbols”
  • Thereafter, choose (Normal Text) from the Font drop-down menu.
  • Proceed to choose “Mathematical Operators”, thereafter.
  • Scroll through the list of symbols until you find the symbol for approximately equal or almost equal (≈) and click it.
  • Finally, click on “Insert” > “Close”.
  • That’s it! Hurray! You’ve become successful 🙂

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How to Type the Approximate Symbol on Keyboard on your Mac System?

  • Position the mouse pointer in your document.
  • Now press the “Option key + X” at the same time to insert the (≈) character into the text.
  • That’s it! Enjoy 🙂

Note: You can use this key combination to insert the approximately equal (≈) symbol anywhere on your Mac device.

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How to Type Approximate Symbol on Keyboard on your iPhone? ~~>

  • When you type “approximate” or “about” on the iPhone, “≈” appears as a conversion/replace character.
  • Also, if you enter “=” from the “6’s” position on the numeric keypad, “≈” appears as a conversion/replace character.

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WRAPPING UP !! ~~>

In this post, I think I have done well enough to have given you ample methods; how to type the approximate (≈) symbol on Keyboard in your document or file. You now also know about typing the (≈) symbol even on your Mac and Android / iPhone. So, I think, my job is well done here and ends for now. But, it will not be complete if I am not able to resolve your issues if any even after going through this post. So, you can also shoot your questions and I will readily try to answer them. With that, until the next time, see ya !! Goodbye !! ~~> ~~>

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