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Use Character Codes to Find or Insert Special Characters

It’s easy to find common characters on the keyboard. But when you need to find or create an uncommon character, using character codes can make things much easier.

Word uses Unicode characters to internally store all the text you type, including special characters and symbols. Unicode is, to paraphrase the official Unicode web site (http://www.unicode.org), a universal character-encoding standard, designed to ensure that any text can be represented on any platform, and in any language.

Prior to the introduction of the Unicode standard, many software programs used (and many still do use) other character encodings, such as the original ASCII character set, or similar encodings that include the ASCII characters and some additional ones. ASCII and other older character-encoding standards do not have the capacity to represent all the characters possible in multiple languages, and they often create problems when transferring text among applications used in different countries or regions.


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