How to Type the Integral Symbol (∫)

Use these simple methods for typing the integral sign or symbol (∫) on a Windows PC, on a Mac, or on iOS and Android devices.

Henry Chapman, Contributor

January 8, 2024

2 Min Read
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Needing to type the integral sign or symbol (∫) doesn’t have to feel like a curveball. Whether you’re using a Windows PC, a Mac, or an iOS or Android device, there are a seemingly indefinite number of shortcuts for including this symbol into a document or message. 

How to Insert the Integral Symbol on a Windows PC

On a Windows PC, click to the place in your document where you would like to insert the integral symbol. Next, hold the Alt key and, using your numeric keypad, type the numbers 8747.  

You can also insert the integral symbol into a Microsoft Word document using the Advanced Symbols library. First, click the Insert tab. Then open the Advanced Symbol library and double click on the integral symbol to include it in your document.

You can also insert the integral symbol into a Microsoft Word document using the Advanced Symbols library.

Insert Integral Symbol

If you plan on using the integral symbol multiple times in a Microsoft Word document, you can set an AutoCorrect rule to automatically insert the symbol. First, copy the integral symbol from this article: ∫. Next, search under the Tools tab for AutoCorrect options. In the replace field, type a word or phrase (such as “integral”). In the with field, paste the integral symbol. Lastly, press add. 

How to Insert the Integral Symbol on a Mac

The simplest way to insert the integral symbol on a Mac is by using the keyboard shortcut. In the part of your document or message where you would like to insert the symbol, press and hold the Option key, followed by the letter B.

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You can also find the integral symbol by going to your Mac’s Emoji and Symbols library. Either tap the Globe key or hold Control, Command, and Spacebar to open the Character Viewer. Next, enter “integral” into the search bar. Then double-click the integral symbol or highlight and drag the symbol into your document. 

How to Insert the Integral Symbol on a Mobile Device

Finally, on an iPhone or iPad, or Android phone, the fastest way to type the integral symbol is by copying and pasting the symbol from this article: ∫. Long press the symbol until a Copy option appears. Then go to the place in your message or document where you would like to insert the integral sign. Long press again until you see the Paste option.

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