In this article, I will narrate how to insert square root symbol in Excel. The square root is one of the most used symbols in Excel.

I will show several ways. Choose the method that best suits your purpose.

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## Inserting square root symbol in Excel (√)

### 1) Using Insert tab

This is the simplest way.

- At first, select the cell where you want to show the square root symbol.
- Now, open the
**Insert**tab ->**Symbols**group of commands (the last one on the tab) -> Click on the**Symbol**command

**Symbol**dialog box will appear. By default, as the**Font**,**(normal text)**will be selected. In the**Subset**(on the right side of the dialog box), choose**Mathematical Operators**. And you will find the square root symbol. Press the**Insert**command (bottom-right corner of the dialog box) and then choose the**Close**You’re done.

### 2) Using Character Code 221A in the Symbol dialog box

This process is almost the same as above.

- Select a cell (where you want to show the symbol)
- Open the Symbol dialog box (
**Insert**tab ->**Symbols**group of commands->click on the**Symbol**command). The**Symbol**dialog box will appear.

- In the dialog box, select
**Unicode (hex)**from the drop-down (at the bottom right corner of the dialog, just above the**Cancel**button). In the**Character code**field type**221A**. Square root symbol will be selected. - Now press
**Insert**and**Close**button respectively.

### 3) Using Excel Function UNICHAR (8730)

You can also use the **UNICHAR function (with code 8730)** of Excel to insert the square root symbol in Excel. See how I have used this function (image below).

### 4) Keyboard Shortcut ALT + 251

- Take a cell to the edit mode and select the position where you want to put the square root symbol.

- Now press ALT + 251 on the keyboard. The symbol will be placed.

- Finally, press Enter key on the keyboard.

### 5) Using keyboard shortcut ALT + N + U

This is also good.

- Press
**ALT + N + U**on your keyboard. The**Symbol**dialog box will appear with the square root symbol selected in the dialog box.

- Now just
**Insert**the symbol and then**Close**the dialog box. A straight-forward method.

### 6) Using Custom Number Format

This method and the next one (using VBA) can be used to insert the square root symbol in more than one cell (at a time).

- Select the cells where you want to insert the square root symbol.

- Now open the
**Format Cells**dialog box clicking on the little arrow on the bottom right corner of the**Number**group of commands.

- Select the
**Custom**option from the left pane. And put your cursor before the**General**format and press**ALT + 251**on your keyboard.

- Now press
**OK**and see what has happened. All the numbers are now having the square root symbols before them.

### 7) Using Excel VBA

To use this method, you have to save your Excel file with the extension .**xlsm**. Because **.xlsx** files cannot deal with VBA code. If you don’t like to use VBA code in your Excel file, then avoid this method.

- Open the Visual Basic Editor (
**Developer**tab ->**Code**window -> Select the**Visual Basic**command) - In the editor, insert a new module.

- In the module window, insert the following code:

```
Sub square_symbol()
Selection.NumberFormat = ChrW(8730) & "General"
End Sub
```

- Now close the
**Visual Basic**editor and save the workbook (**CTRL + S**). - Let’s now select some cells that have some numbers.

- Now go to
**Developer**tab ->**Code**window -> click on**Macros**command ->**Macro**dialog box will appear -> In the dialog box, select the**macro**(square_symbol) -> click on the**Run**

- You see all the numbers now have the square root symbols.

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## Conclusion

So, these are my ways to insert the square root symbol in Excel cells. Do you know any other way? I am eager to know. Let me know in the comment box.