If you’re a mathematician or accountant, there are times where you’ll need to type the greater than symbol (>) to show something is greater than another thing. Fortunately, US keyboards have the greater than symbol and this can be typed straight from your keyboard by pressing Shift + the full stop key.

If for some reason, you can’t type the greater than symbol, you can use different codes or the character map on your Windows or Mac PC.

Microsoft Programs

If you’re on Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, you can type the greater than symbol using an Alt + X code. This can be used if you have a keyboard that doesn’t have a number keyboard and you’re on a Microsoft program like Word. To type the greater than symbol, press 003E + Alt + X.

If your keyboard has a number keyboard, then you can type the greater than symbol using an Alt code – this consists of you pressing a few numbers whilst holding the Alt key. The numerical keyboard is on the right-hand side of your keyboard – most desktop keyboards have a numerical keyboard. If you’re using a laptop, you’ll only see the numbers in the top row of your keyboard and not on the right. To type the greater than symbol on your keyboard, type 62 whilst holding Alt.

If you have a laptop or keyboard without a numeric keypad, then you’ll need to use keyboard 7, 8, 0, U, I, O, J, K, L, and M. These keys are alternatives to 0-9 when Num Lock is activated. M=0, J=1, K=2, L=3, U=4, I=5, O=6, 7=7, 8=8, 9=9. If you haven’t got a numeric keypad:

1. Hold Fn + NumLk to enable Num Lock.

2. Hold the Alt key and type 62. Remember which number corresponds to regular keypads without a numeric keypad. So 6=O, 2=K.

3. Let go of all the keys and you should see the greater than symbol in your text.

Windows Character Map

If you’re confused by the Alt code, then you can just use the Map installed on your computer.

Character Map

1. Open the Start menu and open the Character Map.

2. In Search for, greater than and double-click on it to make it appear in Characters to copy.

3. Select Copy to copy the symbol and then you can paste it within your text.

Mac

1. Go to the Finder > Emoji & Symbols.

Emoji

2. In the Search bar, search for greater than.

3. Right-click the greater than symbol and select Copy Character Info. This will add it to the keyboard.

4. Paste the greater than symbol within your text.