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How to Insert the PI Symbol

Updated July 20, 2017

If you are writing mathematical equations, or typing out the Greek alphabet, you will eventually need to type the Greek letter "Pi." Unfortunately, you can't find this letter on a typical computer keyboard. You don't have to worry about trying to draw the symbol, though. Both the Microsoft Word symbols list and the OpenOffice Writer special characters list contain the "Pi" symbol. You can even add the symbol to a webpage using the HTML special characters.

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  1. Click "Start," "All Programs, "Microsoft Word." Click the Office logo button and "Open" to open the Microsoft Word document that you want to place the "pi" symbol into.

  2. Place your cursor at the position where you want to insert the symbol.

  3. Click on the "Insert" menu at the top of the screen.

  4. Point your mouse over the "Symbols" option.

  5. Click the "Symbol" option from the menu that appears.

  6. Click on the "Symbols" tab in the "Symbol" dialogue window.

  7. Click on the "pi" symbol.

  8. Click the "Insert" button at the bottom of the "Symbol" dialogue window to insert the character.

  9. Double click on the OpenOffice document that you want to add the "pi" symbol to. This will open the file in the OpenOffice Writer program.

  10. Click on the "Insert" menu at the top of the screen.

  11. Click on the "Special Character" option.

  12. Click the "Pi" symbol from the "Special Characters" window.

  13. Click the "OK" button to insert the symbol into the document.

  14. Click "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories," "Notepad." Click "File," "Open" and double click the HTML document to which you want to add the "pi" symbol.

  15. Place your cursor in the position where you want the "pi" symbol.

  16. Type the characters "&#928" for the capital letter "Pi." Type the characters "&#960" for the lower case letter "pi."

  17. Click "File" menu and choose the "Save" button to save the file. Click the "X" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen to close the document.

  18. Click "Start," "Internet Explorer." Click on the "File" menu and click the "Open File" menu option. Double click the file to which you added the "pi" symbol and review the changes.

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Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word
  • OpenOffice Writer

About the Author

Kristen Waters

Kristen Waters has been writing for the computer industry since 2004. She has written training materials for both large and small computer companies as well as how-to and informative articles for many online publications. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees from both York College of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland.

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