How to Insert, Delete Delta in Excel

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In this Excel tutorial, you will learn how to insert the delta symbol in Excel. This article describes 7 different methods of inserting the delta symbol, including a practical use of it. To Insert the delta symbol, we will use the following methods: the keyboard shortcut, the Insert tab, the AutoCorrect feature, the Copy Paste feature, Changing font, using the CHAR function, and applying VBA code.

We used Microsoft 365 to prepare this article. But the methods are also applicable in all Excel versions

In Excel, the delta symbol (Δ) is used for annotation, indicating variations or differences in data, and is entered as regular text within cells or labels.

The following overview image describes the steps to insert the delta symbol in Excel using the CHAR function.

Overview of Inserting Delta in Excel

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How to Insert Delta Symbol in Excel?

Here, we will show you 7 effective ways to insert the delta symbol in Excel. Some common ways are using the AutoCorrect feature, changing Calibri font to Symbol, using the Copy Paste feature, and using the CHAR function. Let’s get started.

1. Using Keyboard Shortcut to Insert Delta Symbol

Press Alt+30 to insert the Delta symbol in any cell you want. Hold the Alt key and then, press 30 from the keyboard. Here, you must use your Numpad to insert 30.

Getting Delta symbol using keyboard shortcut

Note: This keyboard shortcut will work if your laptop or PC has a 10-key numeric keyboard. Otherwise, you need to activate the Num Lock before using the shortcut.

2. Using Symbol Option to Insert Delta

Here, you have to use the Insert tab to insert Delta Symbol. You will find the Symbol option inside the Insert tab.

  • First, go to the Insert tab and select Symbol from the Symbols.

Selecting Symbol to have delta symbol

  • Then, you need to select Greek and Coptic in the Subset box and click on the Delta symbol.
  • Then insert it in any cell you want.

Selecting Greek and Coptic Symbol to select Delta symbol

3. Applying the AutoCorrect Feature to Insert Delta

Yes, you can use the AutoCorrect feature to insert the Delta symbol. You need to replace e certain text with the delta symbol. For example, every time you write RTX, it will be replaced by the delta symbol.

  •  First, you select the File menu to modify the Options.

Going To file

  • Then you need to select the Options menu to modify AutoCorrect Options.

Select Options

  • Now you have to select Excel Options Proofing and select AutoCorrect Options.

Selecting AutoCorrect Options

  • Now you will replace RTX  with ▲ and then press Add and OK.
  • To find this symbol ▲, you can use the ALT + Num 30 keyboard shortcut. Otherwise, you can copy it from this article.
Replacing RTX with Delta

Click the image for a detailed view.

  • Finally, every time you write RTX in any cell, it will be replaced by ▲.

RTX replaced by Delta

Note: Remember to press Numlock from the keyboard.

4. Applying Copy & Paste Feature to Insert Delta Symbol

You will use the Copy & Paste feature to insert the delta symbol. Here we will paste the delta symbol in Cell C5 by copying it from Cell B5.

  • First of all, select Cell B5 and press Ctrl + C.
  • Then, go to Cell C5 and press Ctrl + V to paste the Delta symbol.

Inserting Delta using Copy paste feature

5. Changing Font to Insert Delta Symbol

You can change the font style to Symbol to insert delta easily. Insert D from the keyboard in any cell, and change the Font of the cell to Symbol. It will change D into Δ.

Changing font to Symbol of letter D

6. Using CHAR Function to Insert Delta Symbol

Here, we will use the CHAR function to insert a delta symbol in Excel. The overview of the CHAR function is given below:

CHAR function in Excel

  • First, you will change the font to WingDings 3 in those cells where you want to insert the delta symbol.

Changing font to Windings 3

  • Then, write the following formula to get Δ.


  • Similarly, write the below formula to get ▲.


Here, the CHAR function returns a specific character based on the given input number.

7. Using VBA to Insert Delta Symbol in Multiple Cells

You can also create a new module with VBA to insert the delta symbol wherever you need it in Excel.

  • To weite the VBA code you have to select Developer >> then Visual Basic.

Choosing Visual Basic for VBA

  • After that, go to the Insert tab and select Module.

Inserting new module

  • Now, write the following code in the Module window.
Sub InsertDeltaSymbol()
Dim rng As Range
' Set the range of cells
Set rng = Range("B5:B10")
rng.Value = ChrW(&H394)
End Sub

VBA code for using DELTA Symbol

🔎 Code Explanation

  • Sub InsertDeltaSymbol()

This line defines the start of a subroutine (sub) named “InsertDeltaSymbol”. Subroutines in VBA are blocks of code that can be executed independently.

  • Dim rng As Range

This line declares a variable named “rng” of type Range. The range type is used to represent a range of cells in an Excel worksheet.

  • Set rng = Range(“B5:B10”)

This line assigns the range of cells “B5:B10” to the variable “rng”. This means the subsequent code will operate on this specific range of cells.

  • rng.Value = ChrW(&H394)

This line sets the value of the range “rng” to the Unicode character represented by the hexadecimal value &H394. The ChrW function is used to convert the Unicode value to Δ.

  • Finally, press the F5 key to get the Delta symbol in multiple cells.

Final output of delta in multiple cells

How to Use Delta Symbol to Show Changes in Excel?

In this section, you will come to learn how to use the Delta symbol in the practical dataset.

  • First, you have to create a dataset to see changes in the data.
  • Here, we are using the Sales for 2022 and 2023.
  • To find the change from the previous year, type the following formula in Cell E5.
  • Press Enter and drag the fill handle down to see results in the rest of the cells.

Finding change in Percentage

  • After that, select the range E5:E9.
  • Press Ctrl + 1 and the Format Cells dialog box will pop up.
  • Next, select Custom category and write the following in the Type box.
[Green] ▲ 0%;[Red] ▼ -0%
  • Click OK to proceed.

Inserting custom format

  • Finally, you get the final dataset, the delta symbol shows the changes.

Finally, inserting delta with custom format

Which Things Should You Remember?

  • Remember to turn on Num Lock when using the keyboard shortcut.
  • Decide on how you want to display or represent the delta. It can be an absolute value, a positive or negative value, or a percentage change. Formatting cells appropriately or using formulas will help you achieve the desired display format.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I calculate the delta between two values in Excel?

To calculate the delta between two values in Excel, subtract the initial value from the final value. For example, if the initial value is in cell A1 and the final value is in cell B1, you can use the formula “=B1-A1” to calculate the delta.

2. How can I insert lowercase Delta(δ) symbol in Excel?

To insert the lowercase delta (δ) symbol, follow similar methods as for the uppercase Δ symbol. Use the Insert tab, Symbol, or AutoCorrect, or copy and paste it from another source. Alternatively, change the font to a Greek font and use the CHAR function with the appropriate character code, which is =CHAR(115) for δ.

3. Can I insert other symbols and special characters in Excel using these methods?

Yes, the methods mentioned above can be used to insert various symbols and special characters in Excel, not just the delta symbol. Simply choose the desired symbol or character from the symbol dialog box or configure AutoCorrect to replace specific text with the character you want to insert.


In this tutorial, we explored various methods to insert the Delta symbol (Δ) in Excel, from keyboard shortcuts to using the CHAR function and VBA coding. We also showed the practical application of the Delta symbol, particularly in representing changes or variations in data. Whether you’re looking to use the delta symbol in the worksheet or show changes with delta, this article will help you achieve your goals efficiently and effectively.

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