Most equations scientific or mathematical, in most cases require the addition of a root symbol. It is possible to insert this symbol into a Word document using the built-in features. You can use both keyboard shortcuts as well as the top ribbon. This tutorial article takes you through What is the root symbol in Word Online, as well as how to insert the symbol into Word documents.
To insert a root symbol into a word document, move the cursor where you would want to insert the sign. Go to the Insert tab in the top ribbon of the document. Now click on the Advanced Symbol option and you will have a popup window. From here choose the root symbol by clicking on it and click on Insert.
What is the root symbol in Word Online?
The root symbol in Word online refers to the square root symbol that’s used in mathematical equations. This symbol can be inserted into documents using the inbuilt symbols. As Word online has limited formatting options you will need to use the desktop application to insert the root symbol into a document.
The two main ways to insert a root symbol into Word include using the Insert tab and using customized keyboard shortcuts. This article takes you through the different ways to insert a square root sign into a Word document.
How to insert long square root symbol in Word?
To insert a long square root symbol into a document you will need to use the desktop version of Word. Here are the steps you can follow
- Locate and open the document you would like to work on
- Click where you would like to insert the symbol
- Click on the Insert tab in the top ribbon of the document
- You will see the Advanced Symbol tab in the right corner
- A popup menu with the different symbols available will open
- Click on the root symbol to select
- Use the Insert button to add it to the document you are working on.
The root symbol will now be visible where the cursor was.
How to type the square root symbol on Mac?
To add a square root symbol to a Word document on Mac you will need to use a custom shortcut. Here is how you can add a custom shortcut to Word on Mac.
- Search for and open the word document you would like to work on
- Start by positioning the cursor where you want to add the symbol
- Click on the Insert tab in the top ribbon of the document
- Click on Symbols on the far right
- You will have two options to choose from
- Click on and select Advanced Symbol
Sometimes you will have both Equation and Advanced Symbol under the Insert tab. This depends on the size of the window.
- You will then have a popup window
- Scroll down to find the Root symbol √
- Click on it to select
- Now click on Keyboard shortcut for a menu
- Click on the box next to the title Assign New Shortcut Key
- Press the key combination that you would like to use for the √ symbol.
Here you don’t need to type the text just use the key combination as it is and it will show on the screen. You can also check the shortcut that’s already assigned. If this shortcut is ok to use don’t change it.
- Click on Assign after you have entered the shortcut,
- You will need to hit the Close button twice
How to insert the root symbol using autocorrect?
You might have noticed the autocorrect option while in the symbol menu. You can use this option to insert a square root sign into a document. Here is how.
- Go to the symbol menu
- Click on Autocorrect
- In the replace box type the new entry \isqr or any other combination
- In the replace with section add the root sign
- Now click on Add
- Click on Ok and then close
How to type square root on Windows?
You can easily add a square root symbol to a Word document on Windows from the insert tab. If you are using Word online the best way to insert the symbol is by copying it from a website or another document. To copy you can use the commands in the right-clicks dropdown menu.
Another way to copy and paste the symbol is by using keyboard shortcuts. Go to the symbol that needs to be copied. Use Ctrl + C on the keyboard after you have highlighted the symbol. Now click on where you want to paste the symbol and use Ctrl + V.
Square root symbol copy and paste
To copy the square root symbol and paste it into the word document you are working on here are the steps to follow.
- Search the root symbol either online or on another document
- Once you have the symbol proceed to highlight it. This can be done by clicking near the sign and then dragging the mouse without releasing the click.
- Once you have highlighted the symbol right-click on it. You will have a dropdown menu
- From the options click on Copy.
- Alternatively, you can use keyboard shortcuts, Command + C on Mac and Ctrl + C on Windows.
- Open the document you would like to insert the symbol into
- Click where you need the sign added
- Right-click and from the menu click on paste.
- Alternatively, you can use keyboard shortcuts Command + V for Mac and Ctrl + V on Windows
The second way of doing this is by working out the math on a calculator. You can then copy and paste the answer along with the sign. Note that this will work only if you have a number pad and not with numbers on top of the keyboard.
If the system you are working on has a number pad you can use a combination of numbers.
- Hold down the Alt key
- Now press 251 on the number pad
On some processors, you can use 221A and then go on to press the Alt and X keys together. It will convert the number text combo into the square root sign.
This article looked at what is the root symbol in Word Online. It also explored the different methods that can be used to insert the root symbol into a Word document. As Word online doesn’t have the root symbol listed in the symbols section the only option one has is to copy and paste the symbol.
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