Quick typing of mathematical and other symbols

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Mathematical and other texts require a large number of special symbols that are not present on the keyboard. To simplify this task, you can assign a shortcut for frequently used symbol.

To assign a symbol to a shortcut key, follow these steps:

   1.   On the Insert tab, in the Symbols group, click in the Symbol listbox and then select More Symbols...:

Insert Symbols in Word 2010

   2.   In the Symbol dialog box, select the Symbols or Special Character tab and select the character that you want:

Select symbol in Word 2010

   3.   Click the Shortcut Key... button to open the Customize Keyboard dialog box:

Customize Keyboard in Word 2010

   4.   In the Press new shortcut key box, type the key combination that you want to use for the symbol or character (E.g., for symbol 1/4 used Alt+1,4) and click Assign.

   5.   Click the Close button to return to the Symbol dialog box.

Also you can insert any symbol automatically with the AutoCorrect command (see How to use AutoCorrect substitutions for fast typing of Greek alphabet and mathematical symbols).

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to ask OfficeToolTips team.

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