How to Create and Install Symbols on Microsoft Word

In this section you'll learn how to create and install symbols in Microsoft Word without pulling your hair out (and going bald with frustration!).

Steps

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    Open MS Word
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    Click on "Insert"
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    Click on "Symbol"
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    Click on the "Special Character" tab on the upper left.
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    Click on "AutoCorrect" at lower left.
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    Look for "Replace" on center left under all the checked boxes.
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    On the same line as "Replace", look for "With" and "Plain Text", and then "Formatted Text".
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    Click circle next to "Plain Text"
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    Go back and click on "Replace" box and type a simplified version of your symbol.
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    For example, say I want to create |:> so I put \|/ in the "Replace" box and |:> in the "Plain Text" box.
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    Then click "Add" and you're done!
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    Click "Close" twice to close both menus.
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    All you have to do is type \|/ and Word automatically creates the symbol! [PS: The | symbol is under the "Backspace" key using the "Shift" key]. Voila! Your homemade character key is ready.

Tips

  • Go to "Tool" then "AutoCorrect Option..." instead of going from "symbol" for Word 2003.
  • In Microsoft Word 2010 Go to Insert Symbol, Select Segue UI Symbol, scroll down until you find the triangle with the exclamation point in it. Boom.

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Categories: Microsoft Word