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Typing Pronunciations of Words

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 19, 2014)

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When Roger looks at the pronunciation of words in a dictionary, he sees marks over letters to show which sounds are long or short. He wonders how to type out these types of characters to show pronunciation within his documents.

Those marks are collectively called diacritical marks. Each individual mark has a name, as well. For instance, the mark to indicate a long-sounding vowel is called a macron and the one to indicate a short-sounding vowel is called a breve. Besides being used to indicate how vowels should sound, marks can also be used to show emphasis and break up syllables.

The easiest way to insert diacritical marks is to use the Symbol dialog box. You display this dialog box by displaying the Insert tab of the ribbon, clicking the Symbol tool in the Symbols group, and then clicking More Symbols. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Symbol dialog box.

Once you have the Symbol dialog box displayed, you may need to search around for the characters you want, but for most fonts they are all there. If you find that there are some symbols that you use quite a bit, you can click the Shortcut Key button in the Symbol dialog box and specify a shortcut key to enter the character. You could, if you prefer, also create a macro to insert them.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (13170) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Typing Pronunciations of Words.

Author Bio

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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2014-07-20 01:38:30

Phil Reinemann

I wish you would have put the diacritical marks in for macron and breve (to drive home the point and to save me looking up elsewhere how to say them. (Just teasing. I already knew.)

I guess I could try- but if you are working with a font, courier, times NR, etc. do the diacritical marks appear in that font or are they a font unto themselves?


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