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How to Insert Symbols and Special Characters in Microsoft Word?

  • Last Updated : 05 Aug, 2021

Microsoft Word is a software tool that allows us to create documents file like articles, office letters, projects files and many more in a very simplest and easy manner. MS Word makes our document more attractive as compared to paper or file work by providing different features like it has different sizes of pages, fonts, colors, design, bullets, tables, charts, page border/number, and many more.  

It also provides various features like editing, texting, formatting, graphics designs, fonts color and styles, inserting images, videos, printing documents etc.  

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This MS Word software saves our articles/letters in a form of a document and saves them on the computer forever. Whenever it is required it can be shared or can access the document.  

Features of MS Word

  1. Images- MS Word provides the inserting of various images in our document.
  2. Videos- We can insert videos in our document
  3. Fonts Styles- It has a wide range of font styles for our text.
  4. Colors- It also has different types of colors to make our document more attractive.
  5. Page number and size- You can set the size of the page of your document
  6. WordArt- It provides various writing styles for our documents.
  7. Tables- Tables in MS Word are used to represent data in Tabular form
  8. Graph and Charts- These are used to represent statistical data
  9. Animations and Designs- MS Word allows the creation of Animations and designs as per user needs
  10. Page border/color- MS Word allows adding borders and colors to pages.

What are Symbols in MS Word?

Microsoft Word has a special features called symbols in which user can insert many different types of symbols in the document. 

MS Word has a variety of symbols, special characters, fractions, languages, etc. We can insert the symbols and special characters with the help of the Symbol dialog box present in MS Word. 

Some pictures of symbols in MS Word are:

Steps to Add Symbols in MS Word

Step 1: On the navigation menu click on the insert option.

Step 2: On the right-hand side of the navigation menu select the Symbol option as shown in figure:

Step 3: Next select the symbol from the menu as per your need.

Step 4: You can also select more different types of symbols by just clicking on the More Symbols option as shown in the figure:

Step 5: A symbol dialog box will be pop up on the screen.

Step 6: Now click on the symbols option as shown in the figure:

Step 7: Next click on the drop-down arrow of the font box to change the font style of symbols.

Step 8: Select the font style from the style menu.

Step 9: Next click on the drop-down arrow of subset box to select the different categories of the symbols.

Step 10: Select the symbol category from the menu.

Step 11: Select the symbol as per your choice as shown in the figure:

Step 12: Then click on the insert option to insert the symbol on your current page of the document.

Note – You can also search for a particular symbol using its character code as shown in the figure:

Step 13: Enter the symbol character code in the character code box.

Step 14: Select the option (UNICODE, ASCII) as shown in the figure:

Step 15: Then click on the insert option.

Step 16: Close the symbol dialog box as shown in the figure:

Finally, the symbol is added to your document.

Steps to Insert Special Symbols in MS Word

Step 1: Click on the Symbol option from the navigation menu.

Step 2: Select the More Symbols option as shown in the figure:

Step 3: A symbol dialog box will open.

Step 4: Now select the special characters option as shown in the figure:

Step 5: Select the special character as per your choice from the menu.

Step 6: Click on the insert option to continue.

Step 7: Close the symbol dialog box. 

Finally, special characters symbol is added to your document.

These are some of the steps to insert symbols and special characters in the document.

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