The article will show you how to insert the **square root** symbol in Excel. Sometimes you may need to store irrational numbers as data in an Excel sheet. If you want to keep the exact form of that number, you require the **square root **symbol. For example, you want to store √5 instead of 2.236 (approximate value of √5). In that case, you should know how to insert the **square root **symbol in Excel. Please stay tuned to this article to see the processes of how to insert this common mathematical symbol in Excel.

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## 8 Easy Ways to Insert Square Root Symbol (√) in Excel

In the following image, you will see the overview of this article. The square root is one of the most used **symbols** in Excel.

Please go through the whole article for a detailed explanation of these methods.

### 1) Using Excel Insert Tab to Insert Square Root Symbol

The most common process of inserting the **square symbol **is to search for this symbol in the **Symbols **ribbon and then insert it in a cell. Let’s go through the process below for a better understanding.

**Steps:**

- At first, select the cell where you want to show the square root symbol.
- Next, open the
**Insert**tab ->**Symbols**group of commands (the last one on the tab) -> Click on the**Symbol**command

- After that,
**a Symbol**dialog box will appear. By default, the**Font**,**(normal text)**will be selected. In the**Subset**(on the right side of the dialog box), choose**Mathematical Operators**. And you will find the square root symbol. Press the**Insert**command (bottom-right corner of the dialog box) and then choose the**Close**You’re done.

Thus you can easily insert the **square symbol **in an Excel cell.

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### 2) Applying Character Code from Symbol Dialog Box to Insert Square Symbol

The process of this method is almost similar to the previous one. Let’s just go through it.

**Steps:**

- First, select a cell (where you want to show the
**symbol**) - Next, open the Symbol dialog box (
**Insert**tab ->**Symbols**group of commands->click on the**Symbol**command). The**Symbol**dialog box will appear.

- Thereafter, in the dialog box, select
**Unicode (hex)**from the drop-down (at the bottom right corner of the dialog, just above the**Cancel**button). In the**Character code**field type**221A**. The square root symbol will be selected. - Next, press the
**Insert**and**Close**buttons respectively.

This operation will insert the **square symbol **in the desired cell.

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### 3) Using Excel UNICHAR Function to Insert Square Symbol

We can also use **the** **UNICHAR function **to insert the **square root **symbol. Let’s stick to the discussion below.

**Steps:**

- First, type the following formula in any cell.

`=UNICHAR(8730)&100`

- After that, you will see the
**square root**symbol with the number after the**Ampersand**.

Thus you can insert the **square root **symbol using **the UNICHAR function**.

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**4) Applying Keyboard Shortcut to Insert Square Root Symbol**

This might be the easiest way of all the methods to use the keyboard shortcut to insert the **square root **symbol. Please read the description below.

**Steps:**

- Select any cell and press
**ALT+251**. This will immediately insert the**square root**

**Note: **

You must use the numbers from the **NumPad**. If your keyboard doesn’t have the **NumPad **buttons, you won’t be able to apply this trick.

### 5) Implementing Keyboard Shortcut to Open Symbol Window to Insert Square Symbol

You can also open the **Symbol **window by using another keyboard shortcut. Let’s go through the process.

**Steps:**

- First, press
**ALT + N + U**on your keyboard. The**Symbol**dialog box will appear with the square root symbol selected in the dialog box.

- After that, just
**Insert**the symbol and then**Close**the dialog box. A straight-forward method.

### 6) Applying Custom Number Format

This method and the next one (using **VBA**) can be used to insert the square root symbol in more than one cell (at a time).

**Steps:**

- First, select the cells where you want to insert the square root symbol.

- After that, right-click on any of the selected cells and select
**Format Cells**.

- Next, select the
**Custom**option from the left pane. And put your cursor before the**General**format and press**ALT + 251**on your keyboard.

- Thereafter, press
**OK**and see what has happened. All the numbers are now having the square root symbols before them.

Thus you can enter **square root symbols **in a range of cells.

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### 7) Insert Square Root Using Excel VBA

To use this method, you have to save your Excel file with the extension .**xlsm**. Because **.xlsx** files cannot deal with **VBA** code. If you don’t like to use **VBA** code in your Excel file, then avoid this method.

**Steps:**

- First, open the Visual Basic Editor (
**Developer**tab ->**Code**window -> Select the**Visual Basic**command) - Next, in the editor, insert a new module.

- After that, in the module window, insert the following code.

`Sub square_symbol()`

`Selection.NumberFormat = ChrW(8730) & "General"`

`End Sub`

- Later, close the
**Visual Basic**editor and save the workbook (**CTRL + S**). - Next, let’s now select some cells that have some numbers.

- After that, go to
**Developer**tab ->**Code**window -> click on**Macros**command ->**Macro**dialog box will appear -> In the dialog box, select the**macro**(square_symbol) -> click on the**Run**

- Finally, you see all the numbers now have the square root symbols.

**8) Changing Text Font to Symbol Font to Insert Square Root Symbol**

Another easy way that you can follow to insert a **square root **symbol is to use the text font **Symbol**. Let’s see the process of doing this in the following section.

**Steps:**

- First, select any cell and then go to
**Home**>>**Font**. - After that, select the
**Symbol**

- Next, type the symbol
**Ö**and press**ENTER**.

Thus you can insert the **square root **symbol in an Excel sheet.

**Note:**

You cannot apply this method if your keyboard doesn’t have this symbol **Ö**. But you can copy it and use it by pasting to your Excel sheet.

## Conclusion

In a nutshell, we can consider that you will learn the basic ways of inserting **square symbols **in Excel. Do you know any other way? I am eager to know. Let me know in the comment box.

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