The Sigma symbol (Σ) is extensively used in mathematics, statistics, and science, primarily representing summation in mathematical equations.
It’s a key symbol in calculus for summing a sequence of numbers, and in statistics, it’s often used in formulas for calculating standard deviation.
In this article, I will show you some simple ways to insert the Sigma symbol in Excel
Keyboard Shortcut to Insert Sigma Symbol in Excel
Below are the keyboard shortcuts to insert the Sigma symbol in Excel:
Sigma Shortcut On Windows in Excel:
Alt + 228
- Ensure that the Num Lock is On in your keyboard.
- Hold down the Alt key.
- Type 228 on the numeric keypad.
- Release the Alt key to get the Sigma symbol in the cell.
Mac does not have a direct keyboard shortcut for the Sigma symbol in Excel. The symbol is typically inserted using the Symbol dialog box.
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Inserting Sigma using the Symbol Dialog Box
To insert the Sigma symbol in Excel using the Symbol Dialog Box, follow these steps:
- Click on the cell where you want to insert the symbol.
- Go to the Insert tab on the ribbon.
- Click on Symbol in the Symbols group.
- In the Symbol dialog box, select Greek and Coptic from the Subset dropdown.
- Find and select the Sigma symbol (Σ).
- Click Insert, then close the Symbol dialog box.
Inserting Sigma Symbol using Formula
In Excel, you can use the CHAR function to insert the Sigma (SUM) symbol:
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Copy and Paste the Sigma Symbol into Excel
You can also copy the sigma symbol (sum symbol) from this web page or any other Excel file or document such as Microsoft Word or Microsoft PowerPoint and then paste it into a set in Excel.
Below is a table that summarizes all the methods to insert the Sigma symbol in Excel:
|Name of Symbol
|Sigma Symbol / Sum Symbol
|Shortcut for Windows
|Alt + 228
|Shortcut for Mac
|Use Symbol Dialog Box
|Inserting using Symbol Dialog Box
|Find Σ in the Symbol dialog box under Greek and Coptic
|Inserting using Formula
This article covers methods to insert the Sigma symbol in Excel, accommodating Windows and Mac users.
Whether using keyboard shortcuts, the Symbol dialog box, or formulas, these methods facilitate the inclusion of Σ in your Excel documents.
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