In math, the Δ delta symbolizes change in values. Naturally, it might be useful to use the symbol in your next spreadsheet. Let’s learn how to insert a delta symbol (Δ) in Microsoft Excel.
How to Insert a Delta Symbol in Excel (Alone in a Cell)
Imagine that you want to insert a delta symbol in a cell by itself. This is easy to do. To begin, click into any empty cell. Then, type the letter D using your keyboard.
With the cell selected, click on the Font dropdown on Excel’s Home tab. Scroll down until you find the built-in system font called Symbol. Click it, and you’ll see the letter D convert to the Δ delta symbol.
Note: keep in mind that this won’t work if you already have, or need to add, additional content to the cell. If you do, read on to learn how to add a delta symbol.
How to Insert a Delta Symbol in Excel (In an Existing Cell)
Now, imagine you have some data in a cell, and need to add a delta symbol to it. Changing the font to Symbol will change all of the other characters.
Instead, go to the Insert tab on Excel’s ribbon. On the far right side of the menu, click on the Symbols dropdown. You’ll see two options appear: Equation and Symbol.
Go ahead and click Symbol, and you’ll see the Character Viewer menu appear. The easiest way to find the delta symbol is to type delta into the search bar, and hit Enter. You’ll see it display in the Unicode Name group. Double-click on it, and you’ll see the delta symbol appear in the chosen spot in your cell.
As you can see, Excel makes it easy to add Δ delta symbols to your spreadsheets with just a few clicks.