How to Insert Delta Symbol in Excel?

The delta symbol (Δ or δ) is commonly used in mathematics, physics, engineering, and other scientific fields.

In its uppercase form (Δ), it often denotes change or difference, such as in equations representing a change in a variable.

The lowercase delta (δ) has specialized uses, like representing the Kronecker delta in mathematics or partial charges in chemistry.

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

Keyboard Shortcut to Insert Delta Symbol in Excel

Below are the keyboard shortcuts to insert the Delta symbol in Excel:

Shortcut for Uppercase delta (Δ):

Alt + 916
  1. Ensure Num Lock is on.
  2. Hold down the Alt key.
  3. Type 916 on the numeric keypad.
  4. Release the Alt key to insert the uppercase delta symbol.

Shortcut for Lowercase delta (δ):

Alt + 235
  1. Ensure Num Lock is on.
  2. Hold down the Alt key.
  3. Type 235 on the numeric keypad.
  4. Release the Alt key to insert the lowercase delta symbol.

There are no direct keyboard shortcuts for delta symbols in Excel for Mac. They are usually inserted using the Symbol dialog box or by copying from a character viewer.

Inserting Delta using the Symbol Dialog Box

To insert the Delta 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. Choose the delta symbol (Δ or δ) you wish to insert.
Select the delta symbol in the symbol dialog box
  1. Click Insert, then close the Symbol dialog box.
Also read: Insert Diameter Symbol in Excel

Inserting Delta Symbol using Formula

Below are the formulas you can use to insert the delta symbols in Excel:

For uppercase delta (Δ)

=UNICHAR(916)

For Lowercase delta (δ)

=UNICHAR(948)

Copy and Paste the Delta Symbol into Excel

Another easy way to get the Delta symbol in Excel is to copy and paste it from the web or some other Excel documents or any other document. Once you have the delta symbol in Excel, you can copy and paste it as many times as you want.

I am also providing the lowercase and uppercase delta symbols that you can copy:

Δ or δ

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

DescriptionDetails
Name of SymbolDelta Symbols
Symbol TextΔ, δ
Shortcut for WindowsUppercase Δ: Alt + 916
Lowercase δ: Alt + 235
Shortcut for MacNo direct shortcuts; use the Symbol dialog box
Inserting using Symbol Dialog BoxSelect Greek and Coptic subset in the Symbol dialog box
Inserting using FormulaUppercase Δ: =UNICHAR(916)
Lowercase δ: =UNICHAR(948)

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