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MS Word 2007 – Symbols & Special Characters


Symbols refer to special characters such as copyright © symbol or any other characters e.g. the Ohm Ω sign, etc.


  • On the Insert tab, in the Symbols group, click Symbol. Choose a symbol from the menu or click More Symbols.
  • The Symbols dialog box opens with the Symbol tab as the active tab.
  • Scroll through the list of symbols and select a symbol.
  • Select Insert.
  • Recently used symbols will display in the Recently used symbols section of the window.
  • The shortcut key for the selected symbol will be displayed next to the Shortcut Key button. E.g. For the ™ symbol you can press Alt + Ctrl + T or type 2122 and press alt + x.
    Note: 2122 is the Unicode(hex) character code of the Trade Mark symbol.
  • Click on the arrow next to the Font drop-down list to see different fonts/symbols. MS Outlook, Webdings, Wingdings are good fonts to use for pictorial or icon like symbols.
  • Click Close.

Symbol Dialog Box

Special Characters

  • On the Insert tab, in the Symbols group, click Symbol and click More Symbols.
  • The Symbols dialog box opens. Select the Special Characters tab.
  • Select the special character, such as Copyright, Registered, Trade Mark. The shortcut key combination is displayed beside the character, such as Alt + Ctrl + T for Trade Mark
  • Click Insert.
  • Click Close.

Special Characters Dialog Box


Symbols or Special Characters can be formatted in the same way as other text with fonts, sizes and colours.
Shortcut Key button: Displays the Customize Keyboard dialog box, where you can assign a keyboard shortcut to be associated with the selected special character.

In the next post we will have a look at the AutoCorrect Options.


28 April 2009 - Posted by | Microsoft Office Word 2007 | , , , ,

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