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Chapter 22. Character Formatting > Special Characters

Special Characters

To insert a special character in QuarkXPress or PageMaker, you’re forced to memorize particular keystrokes, or perhaps rely on a crib sheet taped near your computer. By contrast, InDesign gives you several ways of calling out special characters—including two menus and a palette. However, you can still use keystrokes if you prefer. In addition, if you’re using OpenType fonts, some special characters can be inserted in your text automatically.

Insert Character Menus

InDesign offers three special character submenus under the Type menu: Insert Special Character, Insert White Space, or Insert Break Character. The menus list all the white space (such as em space and thin space) and break characters (like the page or column breaks), and many common special characters (such as a registration mark). Instead of going to the Type menu, you can insert special characters with the context menu: Use the Type tool to place the text insertion point, then Control-click/right-click and select a character from one of the three submenus.


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