Division symbol

About division symbol

The division symbol designated like this: ÷ is a sign consisting of a short horizontal line with two dots, one above and the other below. The division symbol is commonly used to indicate mathematical division, but it has other uses as well. Despite its most common mathematical usage, though widespread in Anglophone countries, the division symbol is not universal. The sign’s use for the division is not always recommended in the ISO 80000-2 standard for math notation.

Division symbol in the computer system

The division symbol was first assigned to code point character 0xF7 in ISO 8859-1, initially called the "division sign," and now it has the Unicode code point: U+00F7. In HTML, the division symbol is encoded as ÷ ÷ or as ÷.

In this part, you can see the division symbol as a keyboard entry across different devices and platforms:

  • In Microsoft Windows, the division symbol is produced via pressing Alt+0247 (or 246 with no zero) on the number pad. Another way is to click Alt Gr+⇧ Shift++ once an appropriate keyboard layout comes in use. In classic macOS and Mac OS, the division symbol is produced with ⌥ Option+/.
  • On UNIX-based systems using X or Screen with a Compose key enabled, the division may be produced through composting : (colon) and then - (hyphen or minus sign). The division symbol can also be created using its Unicode code-point (F7) when pressing the Control+⇧ Shift+u f7space key.
  • In LaTeX, the division symbol is easily obtained via the command \div.
  • In Chrome OS (with International and extended keyboard setting), the division symbol is produced by pressing AltGr+⇧ Shift+> key. Otherwise, Unix-style methods can be applied.

Division symbol encodings

Below you will find some of the most commonly used encodings of the division symbol, such as:

  • Unicode character is "÷" (U+00F7).
  • HTML Entity codes: ÷ ÷ ÷
  • UTF-8 Encoding: 0xC3 0xB7.
  • UTF-16 Encoding: 0x00F7
  • UTF-32 Encoding: 0x000000F7.

How to insert division symbol via Insert Symbol Dialog

Once you get the division symbol into your web, blog post, or document, you can then always copy and paste the character again as and whenever you will need it. You can directly copy the division symbol from here: ÷. Below, some steps will show you how to insert a division symbol in MS Word using the insert symbol dialog.

Follow the below-listed steps:

Step 1 - Go to the Insert tab, press the "Symbol" button, and then select "More Symbols." With these few clicks, the system will immediately display the "Symbol dialog" box. Once the box appears, you should start looking for the division symbol to insert.

Step 2 - Locate the division symbol. To quickly find the division symbol right in the Symbol dialog box, you should look at the bottom right area of the "Symbol dialog box" and choose Unicode (hex) in the form of a drop-down. After that, look again at the top right corner of the dialog and press "Latin-1 Supplement" in the Subset: drop-down.

Step 3 - Be wary that the division symbol is part of the Latin-1 Supplement group of characters.

Step 4 - Choose the symbol, and click the “Insert” button. You may also double-click on the division symbol to insert it directly into your web or document.

Step 5 - After inserting the division symbol, you no longer need the Symbol dialog box so that you can close it.

How to use division symbol Alt code

Each symbol in MS Word has its unique code that the users can use to type or insert the division symbol right into the documents. That code is widely known as "Alt code." The alt code of the division symbol is 0247.

Below there are steps to type the division symbol on your keyboard via the use of its Alt code:

  1. Click the “num lock” key on the keyboard to turn on the Num Lock function.
  2. Use “Fn key + NumLk” keys to turn on Num Lock on laptop keyboards without a numeric keypad.
  3. While holding down the Alt key, type Alt code 0247 on the numeric keypad (Note: on the right side).
  4. Next, you can release the Alt button.
  5. The division symbol (÷) will immediately appear in your document once doing so.