Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
For the Ctrl+@, Ctrl+:, Ctrl+^, and Ctrl+~ key combinations, you also need to press the
Shift key, which is required anyway to produce the @, :, ^, or ~ symbols that are on your
keyboard. Therefore, Ctrl+~ is really Ctrl+Shift+`. Keep that in mind.
Word’s AutoCorrect feature has been trained to know some special characters. For example, when
you’re typing café, Word automatically sticks that whoopty-doop over the e.
Inserting special characters and symbols
The Symbol menu is nestled in the Symbols group on the Insert tab. Clicking the Symbol command
button lists some popular or recently used symbols. Choosing a symbol from the menu inserts the
special symbol directly into your text.
Choosing More Symbols from the Symbol menu displays the Symbol dialog box, as shown in Fig-
ure 23-1 . Choose a decorative font, such as Wingdings, from the Font menu to see strange and
unusual characters. To see the gamut of what’s possible with normal text, choose (normal text)
from the Font drop-down list. Use the Subset drop-down list to see even more symbols and such.
To stick a character into your document from the Symbol dialog box, select the symbol and click the
Insert button.
You need to click the Cancel button when you’re done using the Symbol dialog box.
Click the Insert button once for each symbol you want to insert. When you’re putting three Σ
(sigma) symbols into your document, you must locate that symbol on the grid and then click the
Insert button three times.
Some symbols have shortcut keys. They appear at the bottom of the Symbol dialog box (refer to
Figure 23-1 ) . For example, the shortcut for the degree symbol (°) is Ctrl+@, spacebar
press Ctrl+@ (actually, Ctrl+Shift+2) and then type a space. Doing so gives you the degree
You can insert symbols by typing the symbol’s character code and then pressing the
Alt+X key combination. For example, the character code for Σ (sigma) is 2211: Type 2211 in
your document and then press Alt+X. The number 2211 is magically transformed into the Σ
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