How to Insert Alpha Symbol (α) in Excel?

The alpha symbol (α) is frequently used in various fields such as mathematics, physics, engineering, and statistics.

In this article, I will show you some simple ways to insert the Alpha symbol in Excel.

Keyboard Shortcut to Insert Alpha (α) Symbol in Excel

Below are the keyboard shortcuts to insert the Alpha (α) Symbol in Excel

On Windows in Excel:

Alt + 224
  1. Ensure Num Lock is on.
  2. Hold down the Alt key.
  3. Type 224 on the numeric keypad.
  4. Release the Alt key to insert the α symbol.

On Mac in Excel:

Option + J
  1. Hold down the Option key.
  2. Press J.
  3. Release both keys to insert the α symbol.

Inserting α Symbol using the Symbol Dialog Box

To insert the alpha symbol in Excel using the Symbol Dialog Box, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the cell where you want to insert the symbol.
  2. Go to the Insert tab on the ribbon.
Click the insert button
  1. Click on Symbol in the Symbols group.
Click on the symbols icon in the ribbon
  1. In the Symbol dialog box, select ‘Greek and Coptic’ from the Subset dropdown.
Select Greek and Coptic from the drop down in the symbol dialog box
  1. Scroll down and select the alpha symbol (α).
Select the alpha symbol from the list
  1. Click Insert, then close the Symbol dialog box.
Click on the insert button to insert the alpha symbol in a cell in Excel

The above steps would insert the alpha symbol into the cell that you selected at the beginning of Step 1.

Also read: Insert Omega Symbol In Excel

Inserting Alpha (α) Symbol using Formula

To insert the alpha symbol in Excel, you can use the below UNICHAR formula:


These methods provide a comprehensive guide to inserting the alpha symbol in Excel on Windows and Mac systems.

Copy and Paste the Alpha Symbol into Excel

And finally, a quick way to insert the alpha symbol in a cell in Excel is to copy it from any other place, such as a website or any other document, and then paste it in the cell.

You can copy the alpha symbol from below and copy and paste into a cell in Excel.


Below is a table that summarizes all the methods to insert the alpha symbol in Excel:

Symbol NameAlpha sign
Symbol Textα
Alt Code for Alpha Symbol224
Shortcut for Alpha Symbol (Windows)Alt + 224
Shortcut for Alpha Symbol (Mac)Option + J
Shortcut in MS Word03B1, Alt+X
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I am a huge fan of Microsoft Excel and love sharing my knowledge through articles and tutorials. I work as a business analyst and use Microsoft Excel extensively in my daily tasks. My aim is to help you unleash the full potential of Excel and become a data-slaying wizard yourself.

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