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To know how to insert a delta symbol in Excel can be super useful for you.
Let me tell you why…
…while working with reports you can use it to present a specific type of values.
Well, in simple words, a Delta (Δ) symbol can be use to present the difference between two values over a time of period.
So while working in Excel, if you calculate differences between values it’s better to use Delta symbol instead of using anything else like a specific word or something.
Now the thing is if you look at the Excel ribbon there is no direct way for you to insert it into a cell.
Top 7 Methods to Add Delta Symbol in Excel [Quickly]
Well, I have figured out that there are total 7 possible ways which we can use. So today in this post, I’d like to share with you these simple ways to insert a delta symbol in a cell in Excel.
It’s one of those Excel Tips and Tricks that can help to get better at Basic Excel Skills. So, let’s learn this thing.
1. Change the Font to Symbol to Get Delta
I found this way the quickest one to add a delta symbol and it’s pretty simple. All you have to do is:
First of all, enter “D” in the cell (Capital Letter) where you want to insert the symbol.
After that, change the font style to “Symbol” from the Home Tab Font Font Name.
This will instantly convert that “D” symbol into a delta.
But, one thing you need to take care that this will change the font style for the entire text from a cell.
2. Simply Insert Delta Symbol from Symbols Option
This is a simple way to insert any symbol you want to add in a cell.
All you need to do is, open symbol dialog box and search for the symbol and insert it. Here’s how to do it in steps.
First of all, select the cell where you want to add the symbol.
Then go to Insert Tab ➜ Symbols ➜ Symbol.
Now from insert symbol window, select “Greek and Coptic” and it will navigate you to the Greek symbols.
Pros: The benefit of this method is it’s simple and easy to insert.
Cons: It’s not dynamic and you need to do it again and again or copy paste the symbol into other cells.
3. Use CHAR Function to Get Delta Symbol in a Cell using a Formula
CHAR function can be used to insert a specific character by providing a code into the function. And, this can be used for Delta symbol as well and here’s how to do this.
In a cell, where you need to insert the symbol, enter below formula in the Excel’s formula bar.
After that, you need to change the font style of that cell to “Wingdings 3”.
Above two formulas add two different delta symbols, the first one inserts a white (outlined) symbol, on the other hand, the second one adds a black (filled).
Pros: As CHAR is a function and this formula gives you an option to choose between two different types of symbols.
Cons: If you want to add the symbol by concatenating it with some other formula it doesn’t work as you have changed the font style.
4. Use AutoCorrect Option to Automatically Add a Delta Symbol
This is another useful way to add a delta symbol.
In Excel, there is an option called Auto Correct which you can use to insert a symbol by typing a simple text.
All you need to do is specify a text which you use to enter in cell and then whenever you use that text Excel will convert that text into a symbol.
Here are the steps to do it.
First of all, copy this delta symbol from here or you can also do it by inserting the symbol from the symbol options.
After that, go to File Tab ➜ Options ➜ Proofing ➜ AutoCorrect ➜ Options.
Now in the AutoCorrect dialog box, in the “Replace with” input box enter “(dlt)” and in the “With” input box paste the delta symbol which you have copied.
Now whenever you type “(dlt)” in a cell Excel will convert that text into a delta symbol.
You can even use a different text from the text which we have used here.
Pros: It makes super easy to insert a symbol by entering a text. Just enter the text and Excel converts it into a symbol for you.
Cons: Again, this is not a dynamic method and if you need to add the symbol again you need to enter text again.
5. Apply Custom Formatting to Add a Delta Symbol with a Number or Percentage [My Favorite]
This one is the most awesome method and my favorite one.
Let’s say if you want to add a delta symbol with numbers in a cell then this is the best method.
When we use custom formatting, in that case, we just need to specify the format and Excel applies it to the cell without changing the values in the cell.
Follow these simple steps for this:
First of all, select the cell where you want to apply custom formatting with a delta symbol.
Once you apply this custom format it will show a delta sign with all the number in the cell.
In this method idea is simple, no matter which format you have just combined that format with a delta sign in the custom formatting category and you’ll get the symbol.
Look at below percentage format with a delta sign.
Pros: This is the best method in all the methods we have here because it doesn’t affect the values of the cell.
Cons: If you want to add a delta symbol to a cell for real then this method is not for you.
6. VBA Code to Insert Delta Symbol to Multiple Cells
And below we have this code:
Dim rng As Range
For Each rng In Selection
rng.Value = rng.Value & ChrW(916)
To use this code, first of all, you need to enter it in VB editor (open it from developer tab).
And then, select the cell and run the code. If a cell has a value, it adds the symbol after that value.
If you have more than one cell then it will loop through all the cells one by one and insert the symbol.
Cons: When it adds a symbol to a cell and if that cell has a number or a percentage that becomes a text string after that and can’t be used further in calculations.
7. Copy and then Paste the Delta Symbol into the Cell
This is an unusual method but works if you need to insert a delta symbol in a cell for once.
The idea is simple copy the symbol from somewhere or you can it copy here Δ as well…
…and then simply paste it into the cell.
I believe the best way to add a delta symbol is custom formatting if you want to apply it to the numbers.
And if you just want to add it in heading cell or in a cell which you won’t use in calculation then you can use any one from other four.
I hope you found this tip useful, and now, you need to tell me one thing.
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How To Insert Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta And Other Greek Symbols In Word
I. Using the Symbol font:
This method is very useful when you need to insert symbols rarely and it works only for Latin or Greek letters.
Anytime, when you type the text in the Word document, you can switch to the Symbol font and use the corresponding Latin letters to enter Greek letters:
Note: This method works for inserting only one letter. Thus, if you want to insert several symbols, you need to repeat these steps for each insertion.
After entering one letter using the Symbol font, the next character is entered using the previous font.II. Using the Equation:
This way is perfect if you don’t need to care about the format and compatibility with previous versions of Microsoft Office (a recommended approach for physical science and mathematics, which require a lot of math in the text with consistent fonts for all equations and symbols):
2. In the equitation block without any additional efforts, you can enter any letter that you need just by typing+Name of the letter:
Note: You can create a shorter name, see the point III.2.III. Using auto-replace:
When you work with many documents and often need to paste one special symbol, you may not want to insert an equation each time. Microsoft Word offers a helpful feature named AutoCorrect. The AutoCorrect options in Microsoft Word propose two different ways to quickly add any special character, such as analpha, beta, gamma and delta letter from the Greek alphabet, or even large pieces of text:
Using the Math AutoCorrect options,
Using the Replace text as you type function of the AutoCorrect options.III.1. Using AutoCorrect for Math:
3. In the AutoCorrect dialog box, on the Math AutoCorrect tab, select the Use Math AutoCorrect rules outside of the math regions option:III.2. Using Replace text:
Using this method, you can come up with some sequence to use for replacing it to the Latin or Greek letter. For example, to replace some Greek letter with not short names, it is possible to use:
To define the new, short names to some Greek letters, do the following:
1. Insert the symbol for which you want to define the short name, using the Symbol font and select it.
Ensure that the Replace text as you type option is selected,
The selected symbol has been inserted in the With field. If you use theFormatted text, select this radio button:
In the Replace field, type the sequence that should be replaced to the symbol,IV. Using a shortcut key:
Microsoft Word provides a way to define the shortcut key for the most often used functions. Thus, you can assign a shortcut for inserting the alpha,beta, gamma or delta letter:
Note: If you use the character very often, you will find it in the Symbol dropdown list:
3. On the Symbol dialog box:
To insert the alpha, beta, gamma ordelta from the current font (if exist), from theSubset dropdown list, select the Greek and Coptic:
To insert the alpha, beta, gamma ordelta from the Symbol font, from theFont dropdown list, choose the Symbol font:
Note: Be careful, you can reassign the assigned already shortcuts in Word. Be sure, that after Current assign to: there are no active Word functions. In any case, you can reassign any existing function in Word to a different key.
See also this tip in French: Comment insérer alpha, bêta, gamma, delta et autres symboles grecs dans Word.
How To Insert Blank Row Based On Cell Value In Excel
This post will guide you how to insert a blank row below based on cell value in Excel. How do I auto insert row based on cell value with a VBA Macro in Excel.Insert Blank Row Below based on Cell Value
Assuming that you have a list of data in range A1:B6, in which contain sales data. And you want to insert a blank row below based on cell value in Sales column, and if sales value is equal to the certain value, such as: 200, then insert blank row below the certain cell value. How to do it. You can try to use an Excel VBA macro to achieve the result. Here are the steps:
Dim Col As Variant Dim BlankRows As Long Dim LastRow As Long Dim R As Long Dim StartRow As Long
Col = “B” StartRow = 1 BlankRows = 1
LastRow = Cells(Rows.Count, Col).End(xlUp).Row
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
With ActiveSheet For R = LastRow To StartRow + 1 Step -1 If .Cells(R, Col) = “200” Then .Cells(R + 1, Col).EntireRow.Insert Shift:=xlDown End If Next R End With Application.ScreenUpdating = True
Note: you need to change the value of variable Col as you need, this column contain cell value that you need to base on. and you also need to change the certain cell value 200 as you need .Sub InsertBlankRowsBasedOnCellValue() Dim Col As Variant Dim BlankRows As Long Dim LastRow As Long Dim R As Long Dim StartRow As Long Col = "B" StartRow = 1 BlankRows = 1 LastRow = Cells(Rows.Count, Col).End(xlUp).Row Application.ScreenUpdating = False With ActiveSheet For R = LastRow To StartRow + 1 Step -1 If .Cells(R, Col) = "200" Then .Cells(R, Col).EntireRow.Insert Shift:=xlDown End If Next R End With Application.ScreenUpdating = True End Sub
How To Quickly Unhide Columns In Excel
If you prefer written instruction instead, below is the tutorial.
Hidden rows and columns can be quite irritating at times.
Especially if someone else has hidden these and you forget to unhide it (or even worse, you don’t know how to unhide these).
While I can’t do anything about the first issue, I can show you how to unhide columns in Excel (the same techniques can also be used to unhide rows).
It may happen that one of the methods of unhiding columns/rows may not work for you. In that case, it is good to know the alternatives that can work.How to Unhide Columns in Excel
There are many different situations where you may need to unhide the columns:
Multiple columns are hidden and you want to unhide all columns at once
You want to unhide a specific column (in between two columns)
You want to unhide the first column
Let’s go through each for these scenarios and see how to unhide the columns.Unhide All Columns At One Go
If you have a worksheet that has multiple hidden columns, you don’t need to go hunt each one and bring it to light.
You can do that all in one go.
And there are multiple ways to do this.Using the Format Option
Here are the steps to unhide all columns at one go:
No matter where that pesky column is hidden, this will unhide it.
Note: You can also use the keyboard shortcut Control A A (hold the control key and hit the A key twice) to select all the cells in the worksheet.Using VBA
If you need to do this often, you can also use VBA to get this done.
The below code will unhide column in the worksheet.Sub UnhideColumns () Cells.EntireColumn.Hidden = False EndSub
You need to place this code in the VB Editor (in a module).
If you want to learn how to do this with VBA, read a detailed guide on how to run a macro in Excel.Using a Keyboard Shortcut
If you’re more comfortable using keyboard shortcuts, there is a way to unhide all columns with a few keystrokes.
Here are the steps:
Select any cell in the worksheet.
Press Control-A-A (hold the control key and press A twice). This will select all the cells in the worksheet
Use the following shortcut – ALT H O U L (one key at a time)
If you can get hang of this keyboard shortcut, it could be a lot faster to unhide columns.
Note: The reason you need to press A twice when holding the control key is that sometimes when you press Control A, it only selects the used range in Excel (or the area that has the data) and you need to press the A again to select the entire worksheet.
Another keyword shortcut that works for some and not for others is Control 0 (from a numeric keypad) or Control Shift 0 from a non-numeric keypad. It used to work for me earlier but doesn’t work anymore. Here is some discussion on why it may happen. I suggest you use the longer (ALT HOUL) shortcut that works every time.Unhide Columns in Between Selected Columns
There are multiple ways you can quickly unhide columns in between selected columns. The methods shown here are useful when you want to unhide a specific column(s).
Let’s go through these one-by-one (and you can choose to use that you find the best).Using a Keyboard Shortcut
Below are the steps:
Select the columns that contain the hidden columns in between. For example, if you are trying to unhide column C, then select column B and D.
Use the following shortcut – ALT H O U L (one key at a time)
This will instantly unhide the columns.Using the Mouse
One quick and easy way to unhide a column is to use the mouse.
Below are the steps:
Hover your mouse in between the columns alphabets that have the hidden column(s). For example, if Column C is hidden, then hover the mouse between Column B and D (at the top of the worksheet). You will see a double line icon with arrows pointing on left and right.
Hold the left key of the mouse and drag it to the right. It will make the hidden column appear.Using the Format Option in the Ribbon
Under the home tab in the ribbon, there are options to hide and unhide columns in Excel.
Here is how to use it:
Select the columns between which there are hidden columns.
Hover the cursor on Hide & Unhide option.Using VBA
Below is the code that you can use to unhide columns in between the selected columns.
Sub UnhideAllColumns() Selection.EntireColumn.Hidden = False End Sub
You need to place this code in the VB Editor (in a module).
If you want to learn how to do this with VBA, read a detailed guide on how to run a macro in Excel.By Changing the Column Width
There is a possibility that none of these methods work when you try to unhide column in Excel. It happens when you change the Column Width to 0. In that case, even if you unhide the column, it’s width still remains 0, and hence you can’t see it or select it.
Below are the steps to change the column width:
In the name box, type any cell address in that column. For example, if it is column C, type C1.
Although the column is not visible, the cursor would go in between B1 and D1 (indicating that C1 has been selected).
Enter a column width value to make the column visible.
This is by far the most reliable way to unhide columns in Excel. If everything fails, just change the column width.Unhide the First Column
Unhiding the first column can be a little bit tricky.
You can use many of the methods covered above, with a little bit of extra work.
Let me show you a few ways.Use the Mouse to Drag the First Column
Even when the first column is hidden, Excel allows you to select it and drag it to make it visible.
To do this, hover the cursor on the left edge of column B (or whatever is the leftmost visible column).
The cursor would change into a double arrow pointer as shown below.
Hold the left mouse button and drag the cursor to the right. You will see that it unhides the hidden column.Go to a Cell in the First Column and Unhide it
But how do you go to any cell in the column that’s hidden?
You use the Name Box (it’s left to the formula bar).
Enter A1 in the Name Box. It will instantly take you to the A1 cell. Since the first column is hidden, you won’t be able to see it, but be assured that it’s selected (you’ll still see a thin line just left of B1).
Once the hidden column cell is selected, follow the below steps:
Hover the cursor on the ‘Hide & Unhide’ option.Select the First Column and Unhide it
Again! How do you select it when it’s hidden?
Well, there are many different ways to skin the cat.
And this is just another method in my kitty (this is the last cat sounding reference I promise).
When you select the leftmost visible cell and drag the cursor to the left (where there are row numbers), you end up selecting all the hidden columns (even when you don’t see it).
Once you have select all the hidden columns, follow the below steps:
Hover the cursor on the ‘Hide & Unhide’ option.Check The Number of Hidden Columns
Excel has an ‘Inspect Document’ feature that is meant to quickly scan the workbook and give you some details about it.
And one of the things that you can do that ‘Inspect Document’ is to quickly check how many hidden columns or hidden rows are there in the workbook.
This might be useful when you get the workbook from someone and want to quickly inspect it.
Below are the steps on how to check the total number of hidden columns or hidden rows:
Open the workbook
In the Document Inspector, make sure Hidden Rows and Columns option is checked.
This will show you the total number of hidden rows and columns.
It also gives you the option to delete all these hidden rows/columns. This can be the case if there is extra data that has been hidden and is not needed. Instead of finding hidden rows and columns, you can quickly delete these from this option.
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