There may be times we aren’t sure of the result exactly or if two of the things are not precisely equal. To avoid confusion, we may use approximation symbols. We use the Approximately Equal (≈) sign to indicate that they are not exactly equivalent, but it can be considered to a certain extent. While writing, drawing two curvy lines implies the Approximate Symbol. But while typing, you will not see the key on the keyboard. A lot of special characters are hard to find on the PC Keyboard as they hide behind. It is possible to get an approximate symbol on Keyboard in one way or the other. The article discusses the same in detail.
Get an Approximate Symbol on Windows Keyboard
In the case of Windows, we do have Alt Codes. It will get you whatever symbol you want. Likewise, you can also get them from the Character Sets, which has all the characters that we miss on our keyboard.
1. Alt Code
Alt codes are the way to type the symbol instead of searching it on a character set. The alt code for the Approximate symbol is 247. But the Alt code only works if you have a keyboard with a dedicated numeric pad. In laptops, you have to unlock the numeric pad and use the numeric keys above the alphabet. Follow the steps given below.
- Place the insertion point wherever you want to type the approximate symbol.
- Now press and hold the Alt Key.
- Then, press the 247 keys in the numeric pad (necessarily in the same order).
- Now release the Alt key. The symbol will be there.
To unlock the numeric keyboard on the laptop keyboards, press Fn+NumLock (NMLK). Only then your Alt code will be accepted.
You can use this method to type the approximate key on any application on the Windows PC.
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2. Character Map
The next way to insert the Approximate Equal symbol is by using the Character Map.
- Search for Character Map on the Start menu.
- Then click on it to open.
- On the Character Map, check in the Advanced options dialogue on the bottom.
- Now type as Almost Equal on the search bar.
- Choose the Approximate Equal symbol from the list.
- Now click the Copy button. And paste it wherever you want.
Tip: You can also get the symbol copied from the other documents or websites and paste it anywhere.
3. In MS Office Applications
You can also use the Insert option on any of the MS Office suite application’s Menu bar like Word, PowerPoint, Excel to insert the symbols you want.
- Place the insertion point on the space where you want the symbol.
- Then, click on the Insert option in the Menu bar.
- Choose Symbols and then choose More symbols.
- Under the Subset drop-down, choose Mathematical Operations.
- Select the Approximate symbol and click the Insert.
- Or go to Insert >> Object. Choose Create New >> Microsoft Equation.
- Click OK. Click the Relation Symbols section.
- Then choose the Approximate symbol from the drop-down.
- And click Insert.
It will insert the symbol on the place where you have the insertion point. You can also use the auto-correct feature to insert the symbol. But this will make a major change.
Get an Approximate Symbol on Mac Keyboard
Mac users have a Unicode to type the Approximate symbol. Unlike Windows, Mac doesn’t have an Alt key. So, we have to combine the code with Option or Option + Shift.
- Place the cursor in the portion where you want to insert the symbol.
- Press and hold the Option Key.
- Then press the X key.
- And release the Option Key.
Once done, you can see the approximate symbol on the place where you want.
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Get an Approximate Symbol on Linux Keyboard
In the case of the Linux keyboard, we have Unicode for all symbols like Mac and Windows.
- Press and hold the Control + Shift + U.
- Type 2248. (Necessarily in the same order).
- Then, press the Enter Key.
- Gently release the keys.
The Approximate symbol will appear on the screen.
That was all the possible ways in which you can use the approximate symbol on the keyboard. Hope this write-up helped you with what you are searching for. If you have any suggestions, let us know in the comment section below.