How to type the congruent symbol

Written by bob romanov
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In geometry, two figures are congruent if they have the same size and shape. Rather than typing, "Triangle ABC is congruent to Triangle XYZ," it is more convenient to use a mathematical symbol to indicate congruence. The mathematical symbol for congruence looks like an equal sign (=) with a tilde (~) on top. You can access this special character in Microsoft Word and swiftly insert it into your document.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Place the cursor where you want to insert the congruent symbol.

  2. 2

    Click on the Insert menu.

  3. 3

    Select "Symbol" from the menu. A pop-up will appear with a wide selection of symbolic characters from which to choose.

  4. 4

    Click on the congruent symbol from the pop-up. Click "Insert." This will insert the character into the document.

Tips and warnings

  • After you have inserted the symbol once via these steps, you can then copy and paste the character every subsequent time you use it, saving time and mouse clicks.

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