How to make a Square Root Symbol in a text document on your computer:

For word processors, you can:

  • Copy and paste the following square root symbol into your document:   √
    • Highlight the square root sign with your mouse, right click, select copy, go to your document and right click your mouse again and select paste.
    • Or you can highlight the square root symbol, click [Ctrl] C, go to your document and click [Ctrl] V (where [Ctrl] C means to hold down the "control" button and then click the "C" button. This button combination copies the symbol to your clipboard and the [ctrl] V button combination pastes the symbol into your document.)

  • if your keyboard has a number pad, hold down the [Alt] button and type 251
    (note: you must use the number pad to type 251 and not the number buttons above the letters on your keyboard)   Unfortunately, some laptop computers do not have a number pad.

  • in some word processors, you can type in 221A and then press the [Alt] and X buttons at the same time which will convert the 221A into the square root symbol.

  • In some word processors you and click on "Insert" in the toolbar menu and then select "Symbols". Scroll down through the available characters until you see the correct symbol.

  • Another alternative is to enter a number into the square root calculator and then copy and paste the answer (which contains the square root sign) directly into your document.