Micrometer also called as micron is used to measure the thickness or diameter of microscopic objects such as microorganisms and colloidal particles. It is a precision tool used to measure extremely small distances, objects, or angles. A science student would definitely be acquainted with this mind boggling calculation and would require some help with typing this symbol since it isn’t available on a standard keyboard. What if you are currently handed an assignment to calculate the diameter of amoeba and the professor demands a long calculation with steps? That’s how you are directed to Word but realize that the symbol can’t be typed in words. So, let us first dive into How to Type Micron Symbols on Word? through a step by step approach.
How to Type Micron Symbols?
Open the Word Document.
Type 03bc on the empty document which is the word shortcut for getting the symbol.
Press Alt+X on your Keyboard at the same time with the cursor still at the digit to get the symbol.
Alternative way to getting the symbol on Word
Open the empty Word document.
Look for the Insert Tab at the upper left corner of the word document right adjacent to the Home Tab.
Look for the Symbol section in the Insert Tab and find the Micro sign right there.
In case, the sign isn’t visible directly tap the ‘More Symbols’ option to open up the above dialogue box and in the ‘Subset’ section, choose ‘Mathematical operators’ from the list of options to get the symbols. Look for the ‘micron symbol- μ’ and tap insert to have it on the document.
Third way includes using the Autocorrect feature for Word. The feature can be used to develop codes or keywords for mathematical symbols if they are in use for your daily projects and the feature would automatically intervene and autocorrect that keyword or code into the desired mathematical symbol. Here, however we only take the micron symbol into consideration. So, let us begin.
Look for the ‘Insert’ tab.
Reach for the Symbol section and tap ‘More Symbols’ to open a dialogue box.
Tap the Autocorrect option below!
The following must open up after you have tapped on the above given option. Focus on the ‘Replace’ and ‘With’ boxes where you shall generate a keyword.
In the boxes, type any keyword you want for the micron symbol. Use the ‘Replace box’ to type the keyword and ‘With box’ to type the mathematical symbol you wish to generate. Lastly, tap ‘Add’ to save changes. Note: Select Plain text option first before beginning to write in those boxes.
Voila! Now try typing that code on the empty Word Document and see the Autocorrect Feature helping you get the result.
Let us now learn how to type this symbol on Windows. A point to be noted is that the Alt shortcut for Microsoft Word that is 03bc doesn’t work with Windows XP.
Open any Windows application. We are considering Notepad here.
Look for the numeric keypad on your keyboard to the extreme right.
Press the Alt key and using the numeric keypad to the right of your keyboard, type 230 or 0181. Release the Alt key to get the symbol.
Note: Only the numeric keypad to the right of your keyboard can be used to type the numbers. Number keys above the alphabets won’t work wonders over the generation of this symbol!
Now that we have already covered Word and Windows, why leave PowerPoint behind? What if you are expected to present certain calculations as a part of some innovative assignment? Let us delve into the procedure of typing that symbol on PowerPoint. Do you think PowerPoint would have a shortcut?
After considerable research however, we learned that PowerPoint doesn’t have a shortcut as word. Microsoft Word is indeed possessive with regards to its shortcut because the same, again can’t work with PowerPoint!
Open a PowerPoint presentation.
Look for the Insert Tab in the upper left corner of the presentation.
On the Insert Tab, locate the Symbol option to open a dialogue box full of choices.
Tap the μ symbol as seen in the choices above. However if not directly visible, toggle to the Subset section and choose Mathematical Operators to get the symbols.
Yes, you are right. The procedure is in fact same as the second alternative to putting the symbol on Word. However, these directions are necessary to help you explore the PowerPoint document with ease!
Moving on to Excel where real systematic calculations take place on spreadsheets so as to maintain records. These spreadsheets are mostly used to store precious data, acting as a substitute to record books which could easily deteriorate over time. Calculations on Excel stay as long as you don’t delete them. That’s a perk for sure. This makes it necessary to know how to type that symbol on Excel as well in order to not interrupt the pivotal calculation process! Let us now step into the Excel world.
Open an Excel Spreadsheet.
Only the ‘m’ alphabet will be converted to the micron symbol. Note: Capital M won’t work with conversion.
Change the Font Style to ‘Symbol’ first and then type ‘m’ on the spreadsheet or you could type ‘m’ first, select the letter, and then change the font style. Voila! The alphabet automatically converts to the Micron Symbol.
With this, we are all set to type the Micron Symbol easily. So, begin calculating. Though memorizing those Alt shortcuts may seem complex at times, frequent practice and usage of this symbol will eventually help you get acquainted with the procedure. I have grouped the steps in a systematic manner with considerable screenshots to help guide the process of learning. Read this article with the laptop open as you go about the process simultaneously.