5 Easy Ways to Type the pi Symbol (π) on a Laptop [Windows]

Do you need to type the pi symbol (π) in a document where you write mathematical formulas?

Or do you just use the Greek language for fun? Then this guide is just for you.

We’ll show you five different ways to type the symbol pi on a laptop.

How to Type the Pi Symbol on a Laptop?

If you need the symbol PI right away without reading the guide, you can paste it from here: π

Using Windows and period (.)

If you hold down the Windows key and press the dot at the same time, as shown in the figure below, the Windows emoji window will appear on the same page as the one you’re writing in. For example, if you’re writing in words, the emoji window will appear directly under your text cursor when you press the window key and the dot key.

Image describing command to open the emoji window.



Go to the Symbols tab, as in the image below. In the middle, you’ll find the π (Pi) symbol, which is also highlighted in the image below. When you click on it, the Pi symbol will automatically be inserted into the text at the location of the highlighter: π.

where to find the pi symbol in the emoji windows


Use Character Map to type the PI symbol

  1. First you have to open the character map in Windows. Below you’ll find two ways to open the character map.
    1. Click on the Windows button and type character map in the search field. When the character map appears as an alternative, click on it and the app will open in a new window.
      How to open character map with windows search
    2. The second alternative to open the character map is to first hold the windows key and r at the same time. Then type charmap and press enter.
      How to open character map windows run
  2. When the character map window is open, click on the ‘Character Set’ arrow down box and select the “DOS: Greek” option. This will filter the characters to make PI easier to find.
    How to find pi in the character map
  3. You can also search for “Greek small letter Pi” in the search box at the bottom of the page. It is also possible to search for the Capital Pi letter. 

    1. Greek Capital Letter Pi: Π
    2. Greek small letter Pi: π
      How to search for pi in character map
  4. Click on this Pi symbol and then on the Select button. The pi appears in the blank window as shown in the figure below. Click the Copy button to copy the Pi symbol.
    How to copy pi symbol in character map
  5. Now you can just go to the document where you want to write the pi and paste it with CTRL + V.

Use Words inbuilt functions

It’s also possible to use the word-internal functions to write the symbol PI.

  1. First go to the Insert tab and click the Symbol button in the right corner.
    The insert tab in word
  2. In the left corner of the pop-up window you’ll see the Pi symbol, as shown in the picture. Click it to insert it into your text.
    Find pi under the symbol tab in word

If you can’t find the symbol Pi, you have to click on more symbols to open a new symbol window.

  1. When the window is open, click on the subset dropdown list and select “Greek and Coptic” as shown in the figure below.
  2. Scroll down the list until you find the P symbol.
  3. Select it and click the “Insert” button.
    Write pi symbol in word
  4. This will insert the pi symbol in your text.

Use ALT key with num pad to type Pi

If you have a laptop with a numeric keypad, or a keyboard with a numeric keypad attached to the laptop, you can use it to write the pi symbol. All you have to do is hold down the ALT key and then press 227 on the numeric keypad (ALT + 227 = π). When you release after typing the combination, the Pi will be inserted where your marker is located.

Type Pi in Google Docs

  1. To type the Pi symbol in Google Docs, you need to locate the Insert tab. Click on it and then locate “Special Characters” in the menu, as shown in the figure below.
    Locate pi symbol in google docs
  2. Then you can either search for pi or draw it in the box, as in the figure below. When you click it, it will be inserted in the document.
    How to type pi in google docs


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Since the age of 16, Prayas has been enthralled with all things tech. As a result, he’s developed an extensive skillset that has allowed him to help people with their computer and smartphone problems. When he’s not at his PC, you can find him riding his motorbike.

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