Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Entering Symbols and Other Special Characters
If the symbol you want is in the gallery, simply click it, and Office “types” it at the insertion
point. If you need a different symbol, click More Symbols, which takes you to a Symbol
dialog box similar to the one shown in Figure 5-1. (Clicking Symbol in Excel or PowerPoint
takes you directly to this dialog box, bypassing the gallery view.)
Special Characters appears only in Word, Excel, and Outlook
These shortcut features
appear only in Word
Figure 5-1 The Symbol dialog box from Word, shown here, includes some elements that are not
available in all Office programs.
Hundreds of characters are available in the Symbol dialog box. Although you can scroll
through the entire list, you can save some time by selecting a subset from the list in the
upper right corner. In Word, Excel, and Outlook, the Special Characters tab offers a short list
of symbols commonly used in typesetting applications, such as dashes, fixed-width spaces,
and “curly” quotation marks.
Leaving Normal Text in the Font box inserts a character without any formatting; it inherits
the formatting of the paragraph, word, or cell in which you insert the character. Select a
font if you want the selected character to appear in a font that’s different from the target
area or if you need symbols from a special symbol font, such as Webdings or Wingdings.
Once you find the character you want, click to select it, and then click Insert. The dialog box
remains open so that you can insert additional characters; click Close when you finish.