# HOW TO ADD PLUS MINUS ± OR MINUS PLUS ∓ SYMBOL IN MS WORD?

## INTRODUCTION

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This article will let you know how to insert PLUS MINUS SYMBOL in MS WORD.

PLUS MINUS SYMBOL represents the value range e.g. 5±1 means that the value has a margin of 1 on both sides i.e. the value can swing between 4 and 6.

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

The symbols present on the keyboard can be easily found but not these and especially the PLUS MINUS 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 ± OR ∓ SYMBOL?

Plus minus or minus plus symbol simply denote both the symbols + and – , or – and +.

We make use of this symbol to represent the mathematical operation in a compact way.

± means + and – , whereas

∓ means – and +

We can understand the notation as

a±b= a+b or a-b

a∓b= a-b or a+b

a±b∓c= a+b-c or a-b+c.

The above shown examples will help you understand the usage of these symbols.

In addition to this, these symbols are frequently used in mathematics, science, statistics to represent the error margin, range etc. and chess notation also.

In this article, we’ll be focusing on the different ways to use the PLUS MINUS or MINUS PLUS in MS WORD.

DIFFERENT DIVISION SIGNSor any other requirement when we want to use these symbols only.

## DIFFERENT WAYS TO INSERT A PLUS MINUS OR MINUS PLUS SYMBOL IN MS WORD

There can be different ways of creating a PLUS MINUS SYMBOL in your sheet in MS WORD.

We’ll go through each of the methods one by one to search out the options for finding out the ways to add PLUS MINUS AND MINUS PLUS SYMBOL.

## 1. DELIVERY DESK- COPY-PASTE PLUS MINUS or MINUS PLUS SYMBOL

It’s always great to learn new things.

You must go through the article to learn new ways of inserting the PLUS MINUS SYMBOL in Word but if you want it instantly you can copy it from here and it’ll work all fine in your documents.

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

STEPS TO COPY THE PLUS MINUS / MINUS PLUS SYMBOL

1. Select the given PLUS MINUS SYMBOL or MINUS PLUS SYMBOL.
2. Click the document where you want to insert the symbol.
3. Press CTRL+V or Right Click > Paste.
4. The PLUS MINUS SYMBOL or MINUS PLUS SYMBOL will be inserted.
```± - PLUS MINUS SYMBOL
∓ - MINUS PLUS SYMBOL				 ```

## 2. INSERT PLUS MINUS SYMBOL OR MINUS PLUS SYMBOL IN WORD USING SYMBOLS

The other method of inserting the PLUS MINUS SYMBOL is using the SYMBOL INSERTION FACILITY.

A SYMBOL INSERTION FACILITY IS SIMPLY A COMPLETE SET OF DIFFERENT SYMBOLS THAT IS PRESENT IN THE WORD ITSELF FOR OUR USE.

It is a complete table having a full-fledged list of a big number of symbols from which we can choose the symbols we like.

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

#### STEPS

• Open the MS WORD application.
• Go to INSERT TAB and CLICK SYMBOL or Press ALT+N+U to open the SYMBOL DIALOG BOX directly.

After reaching this step , the ways to search for the symbols are different.

FOLLOW GIVEN STEPS TO INSERT PLUS MINUS SYMBOL IN EXCEL:

1. Refer to the picture given below.
2. Choose FONT as (normal text).
3. Choose SUBSET as Mathematical Operators.
`IF YOU DON'T SEE SUBSET OPTION	 GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE DIALOG BOX	 AND SET THE FROM FIELD AS UNICODE(HEX).`
1. Select the PLUS MINUS SYMBOL from the list and click INSERT or you can simply double click on the symbol.
2. The PLUS MINUS SYMBOL will get inserted into the selected cell.

On the same lines, let us try to insert minus plus symbol in Word.

FOLLOW THE STEPS TO INSERT MINUS PLUS SYMBOL IN WORD USING SYMBOL CHARTS

1. To insert MINUS PLUS or MINUS OR PLUS symbol, refer to the picture given below.
2. Choose FONT as (normal text).
3. Choose SUBSET as Mathematical Operators.
1. Select the MINUS PLUS SYMBOL from the list and click INSERT or you can simply double click on the symbol.
2. The MINUS PLUS SYMBOL will get inserted into the selected cell.

## 3.TYPE OR INSERT PLUS MINUS OR MINUS PLUS SYMBOL SMARTLY USING AUTO CORRECT OPTION

Have you ever tried to type (c) in Word??

If you haven’t tried try it right now. You would find that it’ll get converted into © symbol.

It happens because of the AUTOCORRECT option in the MS WORD.

Sometimes this autocorrect option can be irritating but we can make use of this option to insert PLUS MINUS SYMBOL or MINUS PLUS SYMBOL in MS WORD.

In this case this option is really going to be very helpful.

So let us try to learn to create one entry so that our application might help us to get the PLUS MINUS SYMBOL or MINUS PLUS SYMBOL directly.

## CREATING AUTOCORRECT ENTRY FOR PLUS MINUS AND MINUS PLUS SYMBOL

FOLLOW THE STEPS TO INSERT THE PLUS MINUS AND MINUS PLUS SYMBOL BY PUTTING THE ENTRY IN AUTOCORRECT OPTIONS.

• Go to FILE and choose OPTIONS.

• As we choose options following window will open.
• On the left choose PROOFING.
• As we click PROOFING choose AUTOCORRECT OPTIONS from the options under PROOFING.
• After we click AUTO CORRECT options the following window will open.

We will create two different entries for both the symbols.

FOLLOW THE STEPS TO CREATE AUTOCORRECT ENTRY FOR PLUSMINUS SYMBOL

• In the field REPLACE add the symbol [ symbol name as (plmn) for our example ] which you want to be auto-corrected by the Word automatically.
• Across the REPLACE in the WITH FIELD paste the PLUS MINUS SYMBOL which you can copy from any methods discussed above perhaps from the first option DELIVERY DESK.
• The auto correct pair will be added.

Similarly,

FOLLOW THE STEPS TO ADD THE AUTOCORRECT PAIR FOR MINUS PLUS SYMBOL IN WORD

• In the field REPLACE add the symbol [ symbol name as (mnpl) for our example ] which you want to be auto-corrected by the Word automatically.
• Across the REPLACE in the WITH FIELD paste the MINUS PLUS SYMBOL which you can copy from any methods discussed above perhaps from the first option DELIVERY DESK.
• The auto correct pair will be added.

• We are done.
• We can try this by just typing the word we fixed for autocorrection i.e. (plmn) and it’ll be converted into PLUS MINUS SYMBOL as shown in the picture below.

Similarly, we will try minus plus symbol also.

## 4.INSERT PLUS-MINUS OR MINUS PLUS SYMBOL IN WORD USING KEYBOARD

There is another very fast method of inserting any character or to be specific PLUS MINUS SYMBOL/MINUS PLUS SYMBOL in our case in the document instantly.

The method is to insert the symbol using the keyboard shortcuts which will save us from following the long steps.

WE CAN USE THE KEYBOARD SHORTCUT IN THE FOLLOWING WAY.

### 1.USING ALT+X

One more super-efficient method in MS WORD is the use of ALT+X.

Simply type the UNICODE of the character and press ALT+X.

THE UNICODE FOR THE PLUS MINUS SYMBOL IS 00B1[HEX]

THE UNICODE FOR THE PLUS MINUS SYMBOL IS 2213[HEX]

The Unicode will be converted to the respective character.

The following animation shows the process.

Similarly, we can try ALT X method for minus plus symbol.

### 2. USING ALT CODE KEYBOARD SHORTCUT TO TYPE PLUS MINUS SYMBOL

`ALT CODES ARE THE SIMPLEST AND EASIEST WAY TO INSERT OR TYPE ANY SYMBOL USING KEYBOARD. `

Luckily we have the ALT CODE for PLUS MINUS SYMBOL but not for MINUS PLUS SYMBOL.

ALT CODE FOR PLUS-MINUS SIGN IS 0177. It means you’ll press ALT KEY , keep it pressed and type 0 1 7 7 sequentially and the symbol will appear. [ After you release the key. ]

ALT CODE is not available for MINUS PLUS SYMBOL.

## 5. USING INK EQUATION OPTION

This is another easy way to insert a plus minus or minus plus symbol easily.

We have a dedicated INK EQUATION option which can be used to draw the symbol immediately and type or insert it in the Word Document.

• Go to INSERT TAB>EQUATION OPTION.
• EQUATION TAB will appear.
• On the left of the TAB, INK EQUATION button will appear.
• Click on INK EQUATION BUTTON.

• Draw plus minus or minus plus symbol on the INK EQUATION CANVAS.
• Word will try to match the drawn symbol and populate the appropriate symbol in the field.

THE FOLLOWING PIC SHOWS THE PLUS MINUS SYMBOL.

The following picture shows the minus plus symbol using ink equation.

`INK EQUATION METHOD MAY PRODUCE WRONG RESULTS AS WORD WILL TRY TO FIGURE OUT THE SYMBOL FROM THE DRAWING YOU MADE. IF SO, TRY DRAWING THE SYMBOL AGAIN.`

Click INSERT and the symbol will be inserted.

## HOW TO INSERT PLUS MINUS SYMBOL OR MINUS PLUS SYMBOL IN HTML?

Simply embed the code &#177 at the place where you want to show the PLUS MINUS SYMBOL or embed &#8723 at the place where you want to show the MINUS PLUS SYMBOL.

## HOW TO USE PLUS-MINUS OR MINUS PLUS SYMBOLS IN JAVASCRIPT?

Simply embed the code \u00B1 at the place where you want to show the PLUS MINUS SYMBOL and embed the code \u2213 at the place where you want to show the MINUS PLUS SYMBOL.

### WHAT IS THE KEYBOARD SHORTCUT TO INSERT OR TYPE PLUS MINUS SIGN IN MS WORD?

• Type 00B1 and press ALT+X after that or simply press ALT KEY and type 0177 in a sequence.

### WHAT IS THE KEYBOARD SHORTCUT TO INSERT OR TYPE PLUS MINUS SIGN IN MS WORD?

• Type 2213 and press ALT+X after that.

### WHAT IS THE ALT CODE OF PLUS MINUS SYMBOL IN WORD OR EXCEL ?

UNIVERSAL ALT CODE for the PLUS MINUS SYMBOL in word or excel is 0177.

### WHAT IS THE UNICODE OF PLUS MINUS SYMBOL?

THE UNICODE FOR THE PLUS MINUS SYMBOL IS 00B1 [HEX].

### WHAT IS THE UNICODE OF MINUS PLUS SYMBOL?

THE UNICODE FOR THE PLUS MINUS SYMBOL IS 2213 [HEX].

### WHAT IS THE CHARACTER CODE OF PLUS MINUS SYMBOL?

The character code for PLUS MINUS SYMBOL is 177.

## WHERE TO FIND PLUS MINUS / MINUS PLUS SYMBOL ON KEYBOARD?

PLUS MINUS OR MINUS PLUS SYMBOLS ARE NOT AVAILABLE ON THE KEYBOARD.