Special Characters

There are many characters that can appear onscreen in a document but are not available directly from the keyboard. However, you can still easily insert and search for these characters. Learn about special and nonprinting characters with the following articles.

Tips, Tricks, and Answers

The following articles are available for the 'Special Characters' topic. Click the article''s title (shown in bold) to see the associated article.

   Inserting a Special Symbol
The vast majority of what you enter into a document can be accomplished through the use of the regular keyboard. However, some characters don't appear on the keyboard. For these special symbols you'll want to note the technique in this tip.

   Searching for Paragraph Marks and Line Breaks
Word allows you to search for special characters that normally do not print such as paragraph marks and line breaks.

   Understanding Nonprinting Characters
Even characters that print nothing still take space in your document. Characters such as tabs, spaces, breaks, and the like all are accounted for and tracked by Word. It is a good idea to display these special characters on the screen so that you can track them, too.

   Using Object Anchors
An object anchor is used to signify the point at which an object is inserted into a document. If you want to see these anchors, you need to configure Word to display them.

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