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Microsoft Word 2003/2004

Inserting Symbols and Special Characters

When creating documents, you may need to use a symbol or special character that does not appear on the keyboard. These symbols and special characters can be accessed through the Symbol dialog box.

return to topInserting Symbols

Use the Symbol dialog box to locate symbols, characters from other languages, arrows, and other characters. Symbols inserted into documents can then be formatted as regular text.

  1. Place the insertion point where the symbol will be inserted

  2. From the Insert menu, select Symbol...
    The Symbol dialog box appears.

  3. Select the Symbols tab
    Symbol dialog box - Symbols tab

  4. Select the desired symbol
    NOTE: If you do not see the desired symbol, from the Font pull-down list, select another font.

  5. Click INSERT
    The symbol appears in your document.

  6. Repeat steps 4-5 until you insert all symbols you want

  7. Click CLOSE

return to topInserting Special Characters

Special characters, like symbols, do not appear on the keyboard; however, some have more functionality than symbols. For example, the nonbreaking hyphen appears like any other hyphen, but the words it separates will always remain on the same line (i.e., they will not be broken apart).

  1. Place the insertion point where the special character will be inserted

  2. From the Insert menu, select Symbol...
    The Symbol dialog box appears.

  3. Select the Special Characters tab
    Symbol dialog box - Special Characters tab

  4. From the Character scroll box, select the desired character

  5. Click INSERT
    The special character appears in your document.

  6. Repeat steps 4-5 until you insert all characters you want

  7. Click CLOSE

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