∝ | Proportional To Symbol (Meaning, How To Type on Keyboard, & More)

Proportional To symbol is a mathematical symbol that is denoted by ∝. This symbol is a binary mathematical operator which indicates that the left value is proportional to the right value. For Example, x ∝ y.

Copy Proportional To Symbol Text

The easiest way to get the Proportional To Symbol text is to copy and paste it wherever you need it.

Save yourself some time with the copy button above.

Once it is copied, switch over to where you need this symbol and press Ctrl and V on your keyboard to paste it there.

Proportional To Symbol Information Table

The table below contains some useful information about the Proportional To Symbol.

NAMEProportional To Sign
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As much as possible, the above table has done a great deal in presenting some useful information about the Proportional To Symbol including keyboard shortcut, Unicode and html code.

The remaining section will explain this table further.

How to Get the Proportional To Sign

Even though there’s no dedicated key for the Proportional To symbol on the keyboard, you can still get this symbol using the keyboard.

If you are also using any of the Microsoft Office or Google apps, there are quick navigations you can perform to insert this symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Google Docs.

Without any further ado, below are the various ways to get this symbol whether with your keyboard or using the navigation in MS Office or Google Docs.

Symbol for Proportional To Alt Code (Keyboard Shortcut)

The Proportional To Symbol Alt Code is Alt + 8733.

Note: This Alt Code shortcut works in MS Word only.

You can simply use the Alt code method to type this symbol by pressing and holding the Alt key while typing the Symbol Alt code (8733) using the numeric keypad on the right.

Below are detailed steps you may use to type the Symbol for Proportional To with your keyboard.

  • Open your Word document where you need to type the sign for Proportional To.
  • Place your cursor at the desired location.
  • Press and hold down the Alt key.
  • Whilst holding down the Alt key, press the Proportional To Alt Code (8733).
  • After typing the code, release the Alt key.

As soon as you release the Alt key, the symbol (∝) will immediately appear exactly where you place the cursor.

NOTE: Using this Alt Code method, you can type this symbol only in MS Word for Windows.

Insert Proportional To Symbol in Word/Excel/PowerPoint

For Microsoft Office users like Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, you can use this simple mouse navigation to quickly insert the Proportional To sign.

Below steps will show you how to insert the Symbol for Proportional To in Word or Excel or PowerPoint.

  • Open your Word or Excel or PowerPoint document.
  • Go to the Insert tab.
MS Word Insert Tab
  • At the far-right section, you’ll see the Symbols group. Select Symbol > More Symbols.
MS Word Insert More Symbols

The Symbol window will appear as below.

Microsoft Word Symbol Window
  • From this window, you can find the symbol (∝). To find it easily, Select Segoe UI Symbol from the Font list and then type 221D in the Character code box. As soon as you type the character code, the Proportional To sign will appear selected.
insert proportional to symbol in Word
  • Click the Insert button to insert it into your Word document.
  • Close the Symbol dialog.

These are the steps you may use to insert the this (∝) and any other symbol in Microsoft Word or other Office apps in both Windows and Mac OS.

Proportional To Symbol in Google Docs

Google Docs is yet another text editor that people struggle with when it comes to typing or inserting the Sign for Proportional To.

Meanwhile, Google Docs has the easiest way to insert symbols that are not found on the keyboard. Without further ado, let’s see how this is done.

To get the Proportional To Symbol in Google Docs:

  • Open Google Docs and place your cursor where you need the symbol.
  • Go to Insert > Special Characters.
Go to Insert > Special Characters in Google Docs

The Insert special characters window will appear with a search bar and a drawing pad.

  • Using the Search bar, search for Proportional To. Then double click on the Symbol for Proportional To in the search results to insert it into Google Docs.
insert proportional to symbol in Google Docs
  • You can also use the drawing pad below the search bar to draw the Symbol for Proportional To. If Google Docs recognize the drawing, it’ll display the symbol and similar signs in the results box. Then double click the symbol to insert it.

These are the steps you may use to insert this and any other symbol in Google Docs.


As much as possible, we’ve tried to cover a lot of information about the Proportional To Symbol.

Most people find it difficult to type or insert this symbol. So, we’ve broken down the several methods and steps needed to be able to type or get it in Word.

Thanks so much for reading this blog and have a wonderful day.

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