Microsoft Word - Inserting International Characters and Symbols

This document details how to create shortcuts to insert international characters into Microsoft Word documents in Word for Windows 2003, 2007, and 2010 as well as Word for Mac 2008 and 2011


In Microsoft Word 2003, select Insert --> Symbol, select the desired symbol, and click Insert.

In Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010, select Insert --> Symbol --> More Symbols, select the desired symbol, and click Insert.

Now, look at the bottom of the dialog box. In most cases Word will already have a shortcut keystroke assigned to the character you want to use. Make note of it, and you can just use that shortcut in the future. If the character does not have a shortcut key assigned, or if you want to change the existing shortcut, just click the Shortcut Key button. In the "Customize Keyboard" dialog box, press the shortcut key combination you want to use and then look below the text box to see whether it is already assigned to another function. If it is, try another combination.

Note: You can use multiple keystrokes modified by the Ctrl or Alt keys to create your shortcut. For example you can assign Ctrl-O or Alt-O or Ctrl-Alt-O to insert different symbols.

Mac OS X

In Microsoft Word 2008, select Insert --> Symbol , select the desired symbol, and click Insert.

In Microsoft Word 2011, select Insert --> Symbol --> Symbol Browser , place your cursor in correct location within the Word document, and select the desired symbol to insert it.

Note: In Microsoft Office 2011, use the dropdown menu to view all symbols or a specific type of symbol.


Keywords:Word Inserting International Characters office microsoft foreign language 2003 2007 2008 2010 2011 windows mac os x symbol   Doc ID:484
Owner:Jeff W.Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2000-08-20 18:00 CSTUpdated:2018-01-10 12:35 CST
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