How can I write math symbols or Greek letters in Gmail?


The most popular answer on gmail forums seems to be type it out in word and copy and paste into gmail. http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/gmail/thread?tid=7314e7bc4a4dc7cc&hl=en

  • nice idea +1 ....
    – studiohack
    Oct 9 '10 at 18:12

There is no one unique way to do this... but I can share what I do, personally.

  • Use MathJax on any site. Mathematics SE for example. Now go to any question, and type a Greek letter using MathJax. For example, $\alpha$. In the preview, you see the rendered version of alpha. You can copy it and paste. Here's the alpha I copied: α. Note: don't post that answer. Just quit the window.

  • *NIX USERS: if you have a good memory power, then memorize the unicodes of all the Greek letter. Now press Ctrl + Shift + u which brings you an underlined "u". Type the unicode and then press space. Tada! For example, I typed this using unicode: β.

  • WINDOWS USERS: there's an alt code for everything (almost). Just press alt + the given alt code. Find the list of alt codes here.

  • MAC USERS: find the guide here.

Most ways of inputting these characters can be found on Wikipedia Unicode Input page.


You can google for the symbol and copy/ paste. I do this all the time with the degree symbol...quick and easy, don't have to open up a Word .doc...


Assuming you're using Windows, there is the Character Map utility which should give you virtually any symbol or letter in any alphabet you want.

I don't know what they are, but I expect Mac and Linux have similar utilities.


Save time, here is a quick search list for Greek and mathematical symbols for MS Word. Copy and paste the symbols to your document. Open the Word document here:



GmailTeX does exactly what you want.

  • Sure, more info would be useful, and the actual link address. That being said, it's the best solution, and it was sitting with a negative overall value. Let's not throw the baby out with the bath water! Apr 14 '15 at 17:26

You can use Alt Codes or just this keyboard to write math symbols and greek letters

  • How does this answer the question? Nov 29 '12 at 11:25

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