How do I add a dot or line above a number in Word to indicate a repeating decimal?

10 Aug

This is something that is used when working with maths texts – a friend who is studying maths asked me about it a while ago. This article will show you how to add a dot or line over a number in a Word document to indicate a repeating decimal.

Type your number first, then go to the Insert tab and look for the Symbol section to the right:

1 insert symbol

Click on the little down arrow below Symbol

 2 insert symbol

Choose More symbols

 3 more symbols

Drop down Subset and find Combining Diacritical Marks

 4 subsets

Scroll down a little and you will find the dot and various lengths of line:

5 combining diacritics

Highlight the symbol you want to use and click Insert to insert the dot:

6 combining diacritics

Note that this will look different according to which font you’re using.

When you want to do this again, you only need to click on the down arrow under Symbol and you will find recently used symbols showing in the first drop-down:

7 combining diacritics

This article has explained how to add a dot or line over a numeral to indicate a repeating decimal.

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21 responses to “How do I add a dot or line above a number in Word to indicate a repeating decimal?

  1. Kate K

    August 14, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    This was easier than I thought it would be! Occasionally I have to use the Insert button, but always for diacritical marks in text. Never thought of perusing the entire list there. Thank you!


  2. mln reddy

    June 19, 2018 at 4:49 am

    my problem is how to place a vinculum over a decimal part. for ex: 0.3 is the number. I need a overline/ vinculum/ line segment over the digit 3 only.


    • Liz Dexter

      June 19, 2018 at 5:15 am

      Have you tried this and did it not work? If you can give me more info, eg. version of Word, PC or Mac, I can see if I can find an answer.


      • Nikki - Yet Another Crafter

        October 28, 2018 at 2:40 pm

        I had this issue as well. The dot appears but it appears between the recurring digit and the next space. I’ve tried using the various ‘dot above’ options and none of them work, one disappears into the number and the other goes into the next space again. Cannot find an answer for this anywhere (using word 365).


        • Liz Dexter

          October 28, 2018 at 10:22 pm

          Sorry to hear this Nikki, are you using a Microsoft 365 subscription with the latest version of Word installed?


          • Nikki - Yet Another Crafter

            October 29, 2018 at 5:40 am

            Yes I am, if you are able to find an answer I’d be very grateful, this is the only place I’ve found where other people are reporting the same issue!

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            • Liz Dexter

              October 29, 2018 at 9:42 am

              Are you certain you’re in the “combine diacritical marks” subset when you’re choosing your dot? Have you tried in different fonts? I’ve had a search and I can’t find any answers, either, those are the only two things I can think of (sorry!).


              • Nikki - Yet Another Crafter

                October 29, 2018 at 12:03 pm

                Absolutely certain, I have attempted to use all three of the options (directly over, to one side and to the other) and none of them work. The best is when changing the font to calibri and the dot appears centrally but it is embedded into the digit, so not visible apart from a small bit of it. I’ve tried Arial, Times New Roman and Calibri and have flicked through the font list at others and none of them place the dot correctly. I’ve also tried to use the bar above instead but that also won’t be placed correctly.

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                • Liz Dexter

                  October 30, 2018 at 6:36 am

                  You’ve exhausted my options now, then! I can only suggest you try to contact Microsoft about it, on their forums etc – but if you find a solution, it would be smashing if you could pop back and let me know. Good luck and sorry I couldn’t sort it out for you.


                • Carrie Garratt

                  October 27, 2019 at 7:15 am

                  did you find a remedy I’ve been looking for two days!


                  • Liz Dexter

                    October 27, 2019 at 6:26 pm

                    No one has posted with a remedy so far but I’ve approved this in case someone does.


                    • Ashlyn Stewart

                      September 13, 2020 at 5:12 pm

                      I found that the answer was simply typing in another number, so if you put the diacritical mark over only one number, it appears to be offset. If you simply type another number in after that, it is centered over two numbers and shows that the number repeats.


                    • Liz Dexter

                      September 13, 2020 at 5:21 pm

                      Thank you!


  3. rvguyinthewoods

    September 12, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Hello, I am Anthony from Tennessee, finishing editing my first book, finally paid for. I’d like to put a vinniculum “over” as in “on top of” a set of two #’s. Not behind or in front, which seems to be all I can do. It would help my final edit if you could help~! Thanks and God Bless.- Anthony.


    • Liz Dexter

      September 13, 2018 at 7:49 am

      Thanks for your question, Anthony. Does there need to be a line over each # or one bridging the two of them?



    August 24, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Thank you thank you for teaching this old math teacher! God Bless


  5. Esther

    January 18, 2020 at 11:23 am

    I am having the same problem – I cannot insert a dot above a number in word. When I hit insert, it only puts the dot in between the number and the next number or letter I type. I am using Combining Diacritical Marks under the Symbols Subset category. Is there a certain font that I should be using to get this right?


  6. Esther

    January 18, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Liz Dexter, I think I might have it figured out – the only way I have been able to insert a dot above a number is – first make sure when setting up the document, under line spacing options, you have to remove space before and after paragraphs, and then when you hit the insert key with the symbols function, you have to hit it twice to place 1 dot above, and hit it an additional time to place 2 dots above. This is the only way I found it to work for me.


  7. Claire

    January 14, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    If you want the dot to stay above the number in all fonts, do this:
    Click “insert”
    Click “equation”
    Click “accents”
    Choose the dotted box with one dot or one dash above depending on your preference and insert the number in the box



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