Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. 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: Entering a "Slashed Zero" in Your Document.

Entering a "Slashed Zero" in Your Document

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 30, 2017)


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 and 2010. 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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2017-06-01 12:07:12


I am using a more recent word version. Your proposition does not work. Though you mention the risk at the top of the page, you DO NOT MENTION WHERE USERS OF MORE RECENT SOFTWARE might FIND A VIABLE SOLUTION! PITY!

2017-05-30 15:49:21

Gary Delp

From Susan Barnhill (MVP)'s web site, there are a couple of important things about this.

The basic syntax of the Overstrike field is:

EQ \o(x,y)

where x and y are the characters you want to superimpose.

See for much more info and proper caveats.

Here is what I gleaned from her site:

What is important is that there are NOT spaces between the "\o" and the "(", nor between the ") and the end of the field.

This is what it should not look like:

{_EQ_\o_(0,/)_} where "_" is a space.

The first space, "{_E", does not matter.
The second space, "EQ_\o", has to be there.
The third space, \o_(", must not be there!
The fourth space, ")_}", must NOT be there either!

Again with "_" standing for a space, the correct field form when the field is expanded should be:

Happy overlaps!

2017-05-30 12:11:36

Victor Kamikubo

Alt + 0216 = Ø and Alt + 0248 = ø

2016-11-13 17:13:20

Ted Duke

An addition to my comment of yesterday. All you need to do is find the character, Ø, somewhere (here will do) then copy and paste it into your Word (or other Windows document. The font in the copy does not matter as it can be changed in Word. To see some text/font examples on a web page (FREE) go to:

2016-11-12 13:21:40

Ted Duke

The character is identified as 216|U-008 and looks like this Ø. It is available in many fonts, but not all of them will be good matches for whatever font you are using. Then again, it is likely to be in many fonts.

I have copied the font from Windows font Times New Roman and used it in Word. Obviously it is also in whatever font used in this Tips text box.

The software I used to locate this character is Printer's Apprentice.
(I have no monetary affiliation with that company. I'm just a long-time user.)

2016-11-11 07:53:58



I used the ctrl F9 function to insert a slashed zero.

Now on every Word doc I have to use ctrl F9 to show page numbers or hyperlinks.

Currently, when I add a page number or open an old doc featuring page numbers, they are displayed as:

Page (Page) of (NumPages)

What have I done that I need to undo?


2016-08-16 12:20:11

Chris Finlay

Fantastic I often have to use p or k with a slash through it in my equations
changing the (O,/) to say (P,/) does the job and it works in Microsoft equation 5 editor

2016-04-05 06:51:06

Peter Buxton

If you highlight the inserted field and "Insert>Quick Parts>Save Selection to Quick Parts Gallery", it'll always be at your finger tips.

2016-04-04 12:22:10


Worked for me, thanks!

Tip: Remove the space padding just after the opening brace and just before the ending brace so any surrounding text that's not part of the code won't be bumped.

e.g. I wanted double-quotes around the slashed-zero, so by removing the leading and trailing space pads immediately insides the braces, then I could do this.

2016-02-15 12:51:58


This does not work with my Microsoft Word 2010. Ctrl+F9 Every possible way one do this...(Control plus the F9 button, Ctrl plus + F9)does nothing.

2015-10-03 12:26:36


This is a slached o and not a slashed 0 (zero) !!!!!!!

2014-07-07 23:25:08


Hi Allen,

I feel that your readers' tips here are easier and better!

Kudos to all!

2014-07-07 11:04:14


I'm using Office 2010, TNR as my default font. Alt + 248 gives me the degree sign. Alt + 0216 gives me the slashed 0. Although it looks more like the letter o slashed. It's the same symbol that's on the insert character map.

2013-07-03 21:53:48

David M.

Bruce, your symbol still looks like an O, not a ZERO. Try the following Word 2010 VBA code for the macro named "InsertSlashedZero":

Sub InsertSlashedZero()
' InsertSlashedZero Macro
' Create Slashed Zero from INSERT FIELD, then FIELD CODES overstrike, then copy to CLIPBOARD
Selection.Fields.Add Range:=Selection.Range, Type:=wdFieldEmpty, _
Selection.TypeText Text:="EQ "
Selection.Font.AllCaps = wdToggle
Selection.TypeText Text:="o (0,/)"
Selection.Delete Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=1
Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=11
Selection.EndKey Unit:=wdLine
Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=1
Application.Run MacroName:="sbGetProfileInfoPrefs"
ActiveWindow.View.ShowFieldCodes = Not ActiveWindow.View.ShowFieldCodes
ActiveWindow.View.ShowFieldCodes = Not ActiveWindow.View.ShowFieldCodes
Application.Run MacroName:="sbGetProfileInfoPrefs"
Selection.MoveRight Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=1, Extend:=wdExtend
Application.Run MacroName:="sbGetProfileInfoPrefs"
Application.Run MacroName:="sbGetProfileInfoPrefs"
Application.Run MacroName:="sbGetProfileInfoPrefs"
Application.Run MacroName:="sbGetProfileInfoPrefs"
Application.Run MacroName:="sbGetProfileInfoPrefs"
Application.Run MacroName:="sbGetProfileInfoPrefs"
Application.Run MacroName:="sbGetProfileInfoPrefs"
Application.Run MacroName:="sbGetProfileInfoPrefs"
End Sub

2012-08-04 21:08:30


Wonderful tip, it is incredible that now I can write in Word the currency symbol of my country, thanks a lot!!

2012-08-04 11:40:10

James Cox

Oh, maybe not all that strange. If you actually compare the 'Latin Capital Letter O With Stoke" to the composite character produced by the detailed method in a string of numbers, you'll see that the composite is a lot more visually appealing (at least in Calibri and Ariel, which I tested...)

Plus, it's a fun (and new, to me) way to overlay characters to create new symbols - and to challenge others who will be wondering where that symbol came from!

2012-08-04 05:59:39

Bruce Manford

This is very strange. I have checked both Arial and Times New Roman (two very common fonts - I use the latter), and both have the slashed zero character in them as standard - like this ø. You can access ø using the insert symbol command, the character map utility (built into Windows), or just by pressing ALT + 0248, among other ways. This rather suggests to me that perhaps it is not so difficult to insert this character into Word documents after all.

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