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Entering a "Slashed Zero" in Your Document

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 29, 2018)

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For some editing purposes, you may have a need to use a "slashed zero" in your documents. You know—these are the zeros that have a slash through them. They are often used in technical documents to differentiate the zero from the capital letter O.

If you have a need to use this character, you have two choices. First, you can find a font that actually uses the slashed zero in it. If you use this character a lot, this is probably the best long-term solution. If you only need to use the character periodically, however, you can follow these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point where you want the slashed zero to appear.
  2. Press Ctrl+F9. Word inserts field braces.
  3. Type "eq \o(0,/)". (You should not include the quote marks.)
  4. Press Shift+F9. Word collapses your field and the slashed zero appears.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (11981) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Entering a "Slashed Zero" in Your Document.

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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 one minus 0?

2019-01-03 09:43:11

Alan Grabowsky

That's great. I think it's easier to remember and type 0// for a slashed 0. "To each his own."
I use easy-to-recall Autocorrects for thousands of long terms in multiple languages, even my car's ghastly VIN, in Word (formatted and with macros), PPT, and Outlook.


2019-01-02 13:28:52

Alan Grabowsky

Or...
1. Type a zero and one space in your usual font (I use Arial, but could be any other).
2. Change only the zero to CONSOLAS font, NOT the space after it.
3. Hit Autocorrect on your personal toolbar and save 0// as 0 in Consolas with the following space in your usual font, formatted.

From now on, any time you type 0//, 0 WITH SLASH will appear. If you want 0 in a slightly larger font, include that in #2 above.
For anyone accustomed to using Autocorrects, the shorthand tool for Word and PowerPoint, these three instructions will take only 5” to perform.
Typing the new symbol in Consolas, then returning to Arial or your usual font will take a half-second.

SORRY-- THIS COMMENT BOX CAN'T SHOW THE FORMAT OF THE CONSOLAS FONT "0", BUT I HOPE IT'S STILL CLEAR.

AlanG


2018-12-29 14:43:19

Allan

Why not just type Alt+0216 . You get this Ø.


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