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Inserting Symbols and Special Characters in Microsoft Word

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on


Microsoft Word supplies hundreds of special characters that do not appear on your keyboard that you can use in your documents. For example, you can insert international symbols such as ć or ñ, symbols such as a trademark symbol (®), em dash (—), copyright symbol (©) and many more.

Each font set contains its own set of symbols or characters. The Windings and Monotype Sorts contain a nice variety of useful characters.

You can insert a recently used symbol by clicking the symbol in the Recently used symbols list in the Symbol dialog box. The Special Characters tab displays a list of common symbols such as the em dash, copyright and trademark symbols.

To Insert a Symbol into your Document

  1. Set the insertion point where you wish to insert a symbol.
  2. Click the Insert tab on the Ribbon.
  3. Click the Symbol button.
  4. Click More Symbols to display the Symbol dialog box.
  5. Select the font set you wish to use from the drop-down Font list.
  6. If available, select the font subset from the Subset drop-down list.
  7. To insert a commonly used symbol, click the Special Characters tab.
  8. Click the symbol you wish to insert.
  9. Click the Insert button.
  10. Click the Close button.

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