Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Inserting a Special Symbol.

Inserting a Special Symbol

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 29, 2015)

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In typography there are many special symbols defined in fonts. An example of special symbols would be the bullets used at the front of bulleted lists. Word allows you to quickly and easily insert a special symbol into your document. To do so, follow these instructions:
  1. Position the insertion point where you want the special symbol inserted.
  2. Display the Insert tab of the ribbon.
  3. Click Symbol in the Symbols group. Word displays a palette of various symbols you can insert.
  4. If you see the symbol you want, click it and skip the rest of these steps.
  5. If the symbol is not available, click More Symbols. Word displays the Symbol dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  6. Figure 1. The Symbol dialog box.

  7. Since the symbols shown are nothing more than alternate typefaces, you can pick a different symbol typeface by changing the Font box.
  8. Select a symbol from among those displayed.
  9. Click on Insert.
  10. Repeat steps 6 through 8 to insert other symbols, if desired.
  11. Click on OK to close the dialog box.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (10025) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Inserting a Special Symbol.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is seven less than 7?

2015-08-31 08:53:10

rpurosky

To nitpick, Step 10 above should be click Close (there is no OK button in this dialog).


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