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Lesson 20. Using Symbols and Special Characters > Inserting a Special Character

Inserting a Special Character

The distinction between "special characters" and "symbols" is not a clear one. In fact, there is some overlap between the two. Symbols include letters with 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. To insert a special character in your document:

  1. Select Insert, Symbol to open the Symbol dialog box.

  2. Click the Special Characters tab to display the special characters list, as shown in Figure 20.2.

  3. Look through the list of special characters for the one you want.

  4. To insert a highlighted character, select Insert. To insert any character in the list, double-click it.

  5. Click the Cancel button to close the dialog box without inserting a character. Click Close to close the dialog box after you insert a character.


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