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Using Mathematical Symbols

Whether you are doing your Math homework on your Mac, creating a great Math study guide for your friends, yourself, or students having the ability to actually use Mathematical symbols in documents or even Safari fields comes in handy.

With the simple use of Character Palette, you can have access to lots of math symbols and add them to any document within any program.

How to Add Math Symbols on Mac

To add Math symbols in your documents and fields on your Mac:

  1. Click on the “Apple” icon located at the top of your screen.
  2. Select “System Preferences” from the menu.
  3. Click on “Language and Text.”
  4. Click on “Input Sources.”
  5. Check the “Keyboard & Character Viewer” to “On”

How to Add Math Symbol on Mac

  • Make sure that “Show Input menu in menu bar” at the bottom is selected.
  • NOTE: You will now notice a new menu bar icon at the top of your screen.
  • Click on this the new ‘Input Menu’ in the menu bar and select “Show Character Viewer”.
  • Select “Math” from the list and click on the special math symbol you want to insert.
  • Add the cursor in the space where you would like to insert the Math symbol.
  • Click on the symbol you would like to add.
  • Click on the “Insert” button. Your character will now be added to the field or document of your choice.

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