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.
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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|
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.
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.
Locate the Integral symbol, then click to select it.Click on the AutoCorrect… button to display the AutoCorrect window.
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.
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