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Lesson 19. Using Symbols and Special Cha... > What Are Symbols and Special Charact...

What Are Symbols and Special Characters?

Symbols and special characters are not part of the standard character set and, therefore, are not found on your keyboard. These include characters used in foreign languages, such as é and Ñ symbols used in science and engineering, such as the Greek letters mu (μ) and delta (Δ); and special symbols such as copyright (©). Although these characters are not on your keyboard, Word can still insert them into your documents.

The distinction that Word makes between special characters and symbols is not a clear one. In fact, there is some overlap between the two. Symbols include letters with the accents and other diacritical marks used in some languages, Greek letters, arrows, and mathematical symbols (such as ±). Special characters include the copyright symbol (©), ellipses (…), and typographic symbols such as em spaces (a wider than normal space). You'll see that Word provides many more symbols than special characters.


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