# HOW TO INSERT DIVISION / DIVIDE BY [÷] SYMBOL IN EXCEL

## INTRODUCTION

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This article will let you know how to insert DIVIDE SYMBOL in EXCEL.

DIVISION , AS WE ALL KNOW IS ONE OF THE STANDARD BASIC MATHEMATICAL OPERATIONS. THE SYMBOL IS NEEDED FREQUENTLY WHEN WE NEED TO USE THE DIVISION [÷] SYMBOL SPECIFICALLY FOR ANY PURPOSE.

Although we use a Slash for using this operation with the help of the operator but if we want to show the operation , the standard division symbol is the best choice.

These symbols are handy while making many reports but we find hard to find these symbols as these are not available on the keyboard.

The symbols present on the keyboard can be easily found but not these and especially the DIVISION symbol.
So we’ll  check the main and easy methods only to insert them.The methods, which are easy and you won’t forget easily.Let us start.

## WHAT IS DIVISION OR DIVIDING?

DIVISION is one of the basic mathematical operations.

Division means to divide something into different number of portions.

The division symbol is the one which has been assigned to depict the process of division.

For example 45÷5 means 45 is being divided by 5. Of course, the answer will be 9.

In this article, we’ll be focusing upon the different ways to use the ÷ division or divide symbol in Excel.

## DIFFERENT WAYS TO INSERT A DIVISION / DIVIDE SYMBOL IN EXCEL

There can be different ways of creating a division symbol in your sheet in Excel.

We’ll go through each of the method one by one to search out the options for finding out the ways to add DIVISION symbol.

### DIFFERENT METHODS OF INSERTING A DIVISION / DIVIDE SYMBOL

1. DELIVERY DESK
3. USING IMAGE
4. USING SYMBOL INSERTION
5. USING EQUATION SYMBOLS
6. USING FUNCTIONS
7. USING KEYBOARD

## 1.GET DIVISION / DIVIDE SYMBOL FROM DELIVERY DESK

Its always great to learn new things.

You must go through the article to learn new ways of inserting the DIVISION SYMBOL in Excel but if you want it instantly, you can copy it from here and it’ll work all fine in your excel sheets.

The symbol copied from here will respond to the font as well as size.

STEPS TO COPY THE DIVISION SYMBOL

• Select the given DIVISION symbol.
• Select the cell in the sheet where you want to insert the symbol.
• [If we want the DIVISION symbol only in the cell ]
• If we want to put the DIVISION symbol with other characters or words in the same cell DOUBLE CLICK or PRESS F2 to make the cell editable.
• Press CTRL+V or Right Click > Paste.
• The DIVISION SYMBOL will be inserted.

*THE SYMBOL COPIED WILL RESPOND TO THE FONT FACE AS WELL AS TO SIZE.

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## 2.INSERT DIVISION / DIVIDE SYMBOL IN EXCEL USING GOOGLE

Google is a great tool for a lot of our requirements. We can use it to find out our symbols too. It ‘ll save us a lot of time.

This is the easiest method of inserting a DIVISION SYMBOL IN EXCEL.

It is easy because it is fast, and we don’t need to remember anything for this.

THE ONLY REQUIREMENT FOR THIS METHOD IS THE AVAILABILITY OF INTERNET.

Here are the steps.

• Type in the search box DIVISION SYMBOL. (no need to ask for the procedure)
• The following picture will appear on the screen. There can be a bit difference too due to region etc. but the thing which we are finding, we’ll definitely get it.
• Now look at the page and search for a DIVISION SYMBOL but mind it, we don’t want an image.
• Most of the bigger pictures are images, we want text, so select the one which is shown in the picture as marked with a square and copy it. [For copying select the symbol and press CTRL+C or use RIGHT CLICK and choose COPY]. [ Shown in the picture above ].
• Paste it anywhere in the sheet. [Select the cell and press CTRL+V or RIGHT CLICK and choose PASTE]
• The copied symbol will respond to font size as well as to font.

NOTE: Only copy the image if you need . Image is tough to handle and won’t respond to the font and text size.

## 3.INSERT DIVISION / DIVIDE SYMBOL IN EXCEL USING IMAGE

We just discussed how we can find copy and insert a symbol by searching it in google. Now let us move to next method.

If we don’t need to change any font etc. of the DIVISION symbol , we can find, copy and insert an image too.

#### STEPS

• Type in the search box DIVISION SYMBOL . (no need to ask for the procedure, just type the word)
• Click the IMAGES tab to get the image results.
• The following picture will appear on the screen. There can be a bit difference too due to region etc. but the thing which we are finding, we’ll definitely get it.
• We’ll get a few pictures of the DIVISION symbol , few as the text. Using the text we already learnt.
• RIGHT CLICK the image you like and choose COPY IMAGE.
• Paste the picture in the sheet as shown in the picture below.

NOTE: SOMETIMES DIRECTLY COPYING THE IMAGE AND PASTING IN THE EXCEL DOESN’T HAPPEN. FOR THAT, RIGHT CLICK AND SAVE IMAGE AS> SAVE THE PICTURE AT ANY LOCATION. DRAG THE IMAGE TO THE EXCEL OR RIGHT CLICK THE FILE, COPY AND PASTE IN THE EXCEL SHEET.

• After pasting, Select the picture and resize it with the help of small circles shown in the picture.
• Play with the picture till we get the image which we want.

BUT ALWAYS BE CAREFUL ABOUT FEW THINGS.

• Its better, if we can, we can create our own picture in the Excel as well as Paint which both are with us.
• The font of the image DIVISION symbol won’t change with the change in the font of the text.
• The benefit is that we can design and use fancy DIVISION SYMBOLS as images.

## 4. INSERT DIVISION / DIVIDE SYMBOL IN EXCEL USING SYMBOL CHART

The other method of inserting a division symbol is using the SYMBOL INSERTION FACILITY from the SYMBOL TABLE.

There is a complete table in the MICROSOFT EXCEL having a full fledged list of a big number of symbols from where we can choose the symbols we like.

Follow the following steps to insert the symbol in the Excel using symbol dialog box.

#### STEPS

• Open the Excel software.
• Go to INSERT TAB and CLICK SYMBOL or Press ALT+N+U to open the SYMBOL DIALOG BOX directly.
• Search the DIVISION symbol and select it.
• Alternatively, you can enter 247  in the CHARACTER CODE from ASCII (DECIMAL) OR  and 00F7 from UNICODE(HEX)  . The DIVISION symbol will be selected.
• Click INSERT.
• The symbol will be inserted in the selected cell.
• Press INSERT and it’ll be inserted in the cell chosen.

## 5.INSERT DIVISION / DIVIDE SYMBOL IN EXCEL USING EQUATION SYMBOLS

We already learnt to insert a DIVISION SYMBOL using the google , image and symbol dialog box.

Excel has developed one dedicated symbol depository for the mathematics and science known as Equation Symbols which contains frequently used symbols in mathematics. Let us use this option to insert our DIVISION symbol in excel.

#### STEPS

• Open the Excel software.
• Go to INSERT TAB and choose EQUATION OPTION as shown in the picture below.
• As we click the EQUATIONS BUTTON , we’ll reach a DESIGN TAB which is opened temporarily for EQUATIONS OPTION.
• All the BASIC MATHEMATICS symbols will show up.
• Choose  DIVISION symbol.
• The DIVISION SYMBOL will be inserted in a separate text box.
• The inserted DIVISION SYMBOL is shown in the picture below.

## 6.INSERT DIVISION / DIVIDE SYMBOL IN EXCEL USING CHAR AND UNICHAR FUNCTIONS

We already learnt to insert a DIVISION SYMBOL using the google , image and symbol dialog box.

We can also insert the DIVISION SYMBOL using the functions present in the EXCEL.

As we know that all the characters are given the ASCII codes and the characters which are not in the ASCII table are given UNICODE.

DIVISION  SYMBOL IS PRESENT IN ASCII AS WELL AS UNICODE SYSTEM

So, we can make use of both CHAR AND  UNICHAR FUNCTION to insert DIVISION  SYMBOL in EXCEL.

THE  ASCII CODE  OF DIVISION SYMBOL IS 247 AND UNICODE OF DIVISION IS 00F7 which is equal to 247 in decimal.

#### STEPS

• Double click the cell where we want the result or click F2 to make the cell editable.
• Enter the formula as =CHAR(247) to insert the division symbol in excel.
• Enter the formula as =UNICHAR(247) or =UNICHAR(HEX2DEC(“00F7”))
• The following picture shows the usage.

* HEX2DEC will convert HEXADECIMAL format TO DECIMAL FORMA.

The following picture shows the result.

## 7.INSERT DIVISION / DIVIDE SYMBOL IN EXCEL USING KEYBOARD

There is another very fast method of inserting any character or to be specific DIVISION SYMBOL in our case, in the sheet instantly.

FOLLOW THE STEPS TO USE THE KEYBOARD SHORTCUT TO INSERT THE DIVISION SYMBOL IN EXCEL

• Select the cell where you want to insert the division symbol or double click the cell where you want to insert the division symbol to make the cell editable.
• You can press F2 also to make the cell editable.
• Press ALT+0247 and the division symbol will be inserted.
• The process is shown in the animated picture below.

So these were a few methods of inserting DIVISION symbol in excel.Although there can be a few more too but these are the most easiest and useful ones. Because after all, the main aim is to the work fast and efficiently.

## DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DIVISION SYMBOL AND DIVISION OPERATOR IN EXCEL?

A division symbol ÷ shows the process of division.

For example 6 ÷ 2 means the number 2 is dividing 6; but it has no significance in Excel if we try to use it in any formula.

A Division operator is symbolized by a FORWARD SLASH [ / ].

When we want to do a real division in Excel, we’ll be needing division operator and not the division symbol. For example, when we need to do the same division in Excel, we’ll use the formula as

=6/2 and it’ll give us the result as 3.

## WHAT IS THE ALT CODE OF DIVISION/ DIVIDE SYMBOL IN EXCEL ?

The ALT code of the division symbol is 247.

Press ALT key and keep it pressed. Press 2,4 followed by 7 sequentially.

Release the ALT Key.

## WHAT IS THE ASCII CODE OR CHARACTER CODE OF DIVISION / DIVIDE BY SYMBOL?

The ASCII or CHARACTER CODE of division / divide by symbol is 247.

## WHAT IS THE UNICODE FOR DIVISION/ DIVIDE BY SYMBOL?

The unicode for the division/divide by symbol is 00F7 [ZERO ZERO F 7 ]

## WHERE TO FIND DIVIDE / DIVISION SYMBOL ON KEYBOARD?

÷ division/ divide symbol is not available on the keyboard but you can use ALT CODE which is fast enough to compete the directly given symbols on the keyboard.

/ which is again a division symbol is available on the keyboard near the ENTER KEY , Left to the RIGHT SHIFT KEY.

## CAN WE USE ÷ SYMBOL TO DIVIDE IN EXCEL?

No, Excel won’t respond to this symbol for the division. It is just a simple character for Excel.

You need to use a forward slash for the division. [ / ].