Insert Alpha Symbol (α) in Excel

For people working in fields like mathematics, physics, or engineering, it’s common to use the alpha symbol (α) in Excel.

This symbol is often used to represent angles, coefficients, or specific constants.

I am sure you read about it in school, and since you’re reading this article, I can assume you also use it in your work.

In this article, I will guide you through several easy methods to insert the alpha symbol in Excel.

Note: Alpha can be denoted by the capital Alpha symbol (A) and the small Alpha symbol (α). In this article, I will be focussing on showing you how to insert the small Alpha symbol, as the capital Alpha symbol is nothing but the alphabet A.

Insert Alpha Symbol (α) in Excel

Below are some details about the alpha symbol, followed by different methods to insert it in Excel:

Details / MethodsDescription
Symbol NameAlpha Symbol (α)
Symbolα
Keyboard Shortcut in WindowsALT + 224
Formula=UNICHAR(945)

Copy and Paste Alpha Symbol into Excel

The simplest method to get the alpha symbol in Excel is by copying it from another source and pasting it into your spreadsheet.

Here is the alpha symbol for you to copy:

α

To copy this symbol, use Control + C, navigate to the desired cell in Excel, and use Control + V to paste it.

Keyboard Shortcut to Insert the Alpha Symbol in Excel

If you use the alpha symbol often in your work, you can memorize and use the below keyboard shortcut.

ALT + 224

To use this shortcut, follow these steps:

  1. Select the cell where you want the Alpha symbol.
  2. Hold down the ALT key.
  3. While holding the ALT key, type 2, 2, and 4 in sequence on the numeric keypad.
  4. Release the ALT key.

As soon as you release the ALT key, the alpha symbol (α) will appear in the selected cell.

Note: This method requires your keyboard to have the numeric keypad, and the Num Lock must be on.

Pro Tip: To insert the alpha symbol in MS Word, type 03B1 and then press ALT + X. This shortcut also works in MS Outlook but not in PowerPoint. Also, if the alpha symbol is at the beginning of a sentence, Word/Outlook would automatically convert it into the capital alpha symbol A.

Formula to Insert the Alpha Symbol

You can use the following formula to return the alpha symbol:

=UNICHAR(945)
UNICHAR function to insert the alpha symbol in Excel

After inserting the alpha symbol using this formula, you can remove the formula to keep the static symbol character in the cell.

Also read: Insert Omega Symbol in Excel

Insert Alpha Symbol Using the Symbol Dialog Box

Excel’s Symbol dialog box is another way to insert the alpha symbol:

  1. Select the cell where you want to insert the symbol.
  2. Click the ‘Insert’ tab in the ribbon.
Click on the insert tab in the ribbon
  1. Click on the ‘Symbol’ icon to open the Symbol dialog box.
Click on the symbol icon in Excel Ribbon
  1. Choose ‘Greek and Coptic’ from the Subset dropdown.
Select Greek and Coptic subset in the symbol dialog box
  1. Locate the alpha symbol and double-click on it (or select it and click on the Insert button).
Find and select the alpha symbol in the dialog box

This action will insert the alpha symbol into the cell.

Shortcut: Use ALT + N + U to open the Symbol dialog box directly.

Pro Tip: To quickly find the alpha symbol, enter 03B1 in the Character code field in the Symbol dialog box.

Also read: Insert X-Bar Symbol in Excel

Using the Insert Equation Option

If you don’t want to remember any ALT code shortcut or formula, another way to get the alpha symbol within Excel is by using the Equation trick.

Below are the steps to get the alpha symbol using the Equation option:

  1. Click the Insert tab
  2. Click on the Equations icon. This will insert an equation box in the worksheet area.
Click on the equation icon in the ribbon
  1. Remove what is already there and type the following text:
/alpha
Type alpha after the backward slash in the equation box
  1. Press the space bar key on your keyboard

As soon as you type /alpha and then hit the space bar key, it converts the text into the alpha symbol.

Hit space key to get the alpha symbol

You need to enter the text in lowercase only. If you enter \Alpha, it will return A, which is the symbol for capital alpha.

Cool trick… right?

This works for other Greek symbols, such as beta, gamma, or sigma.

One benefit of this method is that you don’t need to leave Excel and remember any ALT code or shortcuts.

Also read: Insert Sigma Symbol in Excel

Using the Character Map

The Character Map in Windows is another tool to find and insert the alpha symbol:

  1. Search for ‘Character Map’ in the Windows search bar.
  2. Open the Character Map app.
Open the character map app in windows
  1. Check the ‘Advanced View’ option for more options.
Click the Advanced View option in Character Map dialog box
  1. In the Search field, type ‘alpha’ and press enter.
Search for alpha in the character map app
  1. Find the alpha symbol, double-click it, then click the ‘Copy’ button.
double click on the alpha symbol and copy it
  1. Paste the symbol in Excel or any other application.

This method works independently of Excel and can be used in other MS Office apps.

I hope this article helps you easily insert the alpha symbol in Excel. If you have any thoughts or know other methods, feel free to share them in the comments section below.

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Sumit Bansal
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