The sign “does not equal” or “is not equal to” expresses the difference between two numbers, variables, integers, or ideas. It’s a play on the equals symbol, which is a mathematical representation for equality. In Microsoft Windows, the not equals sign can be written using the following commands: U+2260; 2260, Alt+X. You can also get the Unicode value and then construct your own keyboard shortcuts using a Unicode input tool.

Let’s look at how the not equals sign is utilized in math and other situations, and how it differs from the standard equals sign.

Certain Unicode letters are used to type special symbols such as the “does not equal” or inequality symbol. Unicode is a standardized encoding and display system for text characters and symbols. Over 137,000 characters are included in the Unicode consortium, which spans languages, scripts, symbols, and even emojis. Because Unicode provides a consistent standard for operating systems and languages, it is widely used in computer software and programming languages. The “is displayed using UTF-8, which is the predominant encoding type used by the World Wide Web.

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**How To Insert The Not Equal Sign In Word**

Insert Symbol, a keyboard shortcut, and AutoCorrect item, or an Alt shortcut can be used to insert the does not equal sign (not equal to sign) in a Word document.

We’ll look at five different ways to put a not equal to sign in a Word document in this article:

- Use the Insert Symbol command to add a symbol to your document.
- Add a keyboard shortcut and use it.
- Add an AutoCorrect entry and utilize it.
- Enter a number sequence after pressing Alt.
- Equation tools can be used to insert the symbol into an equation.

**1. Inserting A Not Equal To Sign Using Insert Symbol**

Insert Symbol can be used to insert the does not equal sign (not equal to sign).

Using the Insert Symbol on the Ribbon in Word, insert the not equal to sign as follows:

- Place the cursor where you want the not equal to sign to appear in the Word document.
- In the Ribbon, select the Insert tab.
- Click Symbol in the Symbols group. A menu appears in the form of a drop-down menu.
- Select More Symbols from the drop-down menu. A dialogue box displays on the screen.
- Click the Symbols tab if necessary.
- From the Font drop-down option, choose (regular text).
- From the Subset drop-down option, choose Mathematical Operators.
- The not equal to sign () can be found by scrolling through the list of symbols and clicking it.
- The insert should be selected.
- Close the window.
- The Insert Symbol dialogue box looks like this (with the selected option).

**2. Inserting A Not Equal To Sign Using A Custom Keyboard shortcut**

You can create your own keyboard shortcut for the not equal to sign if you use it regularly.

To make a shortcut for the not equal to sign, type:

- In a Word document, place the cursor where you want it.
- In the Ribbon, select the Insert tab.
- Click Symbol in the Symbols group. A menu appears in the form of a drop-down menu.
- Select More Symbols from the drop-down menu. A dialogue box displays on the screen.
- Click the Symbols tab if necessary.
- From the Font drop-down option, choose (regular text).
- From the Subset drop-down option, choose Mathematical Operators.
- The not equal to sign () can be found by scrolling through the list of symbols and clicking it.
- The shortcut should be selected. A dialogue box displays on the screen.
- To assign a new shortcut key, click the box below the Assign New Shortcut key.
- Press the desired keys (for example, Ctrl + Alt + N). Don’t type anything; simply press the keys. Make sure you don’t accidentally override a valuable built-in shortcut like Ctrl + N.
- Select Assign from the drop-down menu. The Normal (or default) template is usually where these shortcuts are found.
- Close the window twice.
- By pressing the assigned keys in your document, you may test the shortcut.

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**3. Inserting A Not Equal To Sign Using AutoCorrect**

You can also use AutoCorrect to automatically insert the not equal to sign.

To create an AutoCorrect entry for the not equal to sign, follow these steps:

- In a Word document, place the cursor where you want it.
- In the Ribbon, select the Insert tab.
- Click Symbol in the Symbols group. A menu appears in the form of a drop-down menu.
- Select More Symbols from the drop-down menu. A dialogue box displays on the screen.
- Click the Symbols tab if necessary.
- From the Font drop-down option, choose (regular text).
- From the Subset drop-down option, choose Mathematical Operators.
- The not equal to sign () can be found by scrolling through the list of symbols and clicking it.
- Toggle AutoCorrect on. A dialogue box displays on the screen.
- Put the name of the entry in the Replace with box (such as ne1).
- Select Add from the drop-down menu.
- Click the OK button.
- Close the window.
- Type the entry (such as ne1) in the document and then press the spacebar.

Because these shortcuts are normally preserved in the Normal template, if you are offered to save the Normal template when you depart Word, select Yes.

In Word, you can use Math AutoCorrect entries to insert symbols into equation blocks (note the Math AutoCorrect tab in the AutoCorrect Options dialogue box).

**4. Inserting A Not Equal To Sign Using An Alt Keyboard Shortcut**

To put the not equal sign, press the Alt key together with numbers on the numeric keypad.

Using Alt: to insert the not equal to sign in a Word document

Place the cursor where you want the not equal to symbol to appear.

On the numeric keyboard, press Alt + 8800.

If the sequence doesn’t work, use the numeric keypad to press NumLock. If your laptop doesn’t have a numeric keypad, you might be able to use the number keys at the top of the keyboard in conjunction with another key (like Fn).

**5. Inserting A Not Equal To Sign In An Equation Block Or Placeholder**

When you choose an equation block or placeholder in Word, an Equation tab appears in the Ribbon, and you can simply click the not equal to sign in the Ribbon to enter it into the equation.

To add a not equal to sign to an equation block or placeholder, follow these steps:

- Click where you wish to enter an equation in the document.
- In the Ribbon, select the Insert tab.
- Click Equation in the Symbols category to create a new equation block or placeholder. Type Alt + equal sign (=) as an alternative. You can also utilize a placeholder or equation block that already exists.
- Place your mouse over the equation block or placeholder.
- In the Ribbon, select the Equation tab.
- On the Symbols gallery’s bottom right, click the More arrow.
- Select Basic Math from the drop-down menu at the top of the Symbols gallery (typically, this is the default).
- Select the not equal sign from the drop-down menu.
- Alternatively, you can press neq and then the Spacebar (which is the default Math Autocorrect entry for this symbol).

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**How To Write The Not Equal Sign On Desktop Devices**

**On Windows: Use The Character Map**

The Character Map is a helpful tool that allows you to choose from all available characters.

To access the character map, first, go to Start, then to Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools, and lastly to Character Map.

The not equal sign can be found in mathematical symbols. Then you may simply copy and paste the symbol from the character map into the appropriate location.

**Not Equal Sign Keyboard Shortcut On Mac**

Typing the does not equal sign on a Mac is as simple as typing Option+=. (This may differ depending on the language and area.)

You can also access the Character Viewer by pressing Control+Command+Space. Then scroll down until you locate the Math Symbols area among the various emoji and symbols. The Does Not Equal symbol can be seen there (or you can use the search bar).

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