# How to insert Angle brackets or chevrons in Word

**Angle brackets ⟨ ⟩**, also known as

**,**

*pointy brackets***,**

*triangular brackets***,**

*diamond brackets***,**

*tuples***,**

*chevrons***,**

*guillemets***,**

*broken brackets***, (often substituted informally by**

*brokets**less-than*< and

*greater-than*signs >) are used in different areas, for example:

- In mathematics,
**angle brackets**denote a dot product in the**pre-Hilbert space**, for example: - In quantum mechanics,
**angle brackets**(also calledor*Dirac notation*) denote quantum states (vectors) and matrix elements, e.g., .*bra–ket notation* - In physics,
**angle brackets**denote averaging (overtime or another continuous argument); for example, is a time average of*f*. - In textual criticism, and hence in many editions of pre-modern works,
**chevrons**denote gaps in the text -**⟨ ... ⟩**. - In linguistics,
**angle brackets**identify graphemes (i.e., letters of an alphabet) or orthography, e.g.,*phoneme*.**/a/**is conveyed by the letter**⟨ a⟩**

** Note**: This tip is about inserting the

**angle brackets**into the text without using the

**Equation tools**; see more about Word equations.

## I. Using AutoCorrect for Math:

When you work with many documents and ** often** need to paste just one special symbol, you don't need to insert an equation each time. Microsoft Word offers a helpful feature named

**AutoCorrect**. The

**AutoCorrect**options in Microsoft Word propose two different ways to quickly add any special character, such as

**angle brackets**, or even large pieces of text:

- Using
the
**Replace text as you type**function of the**AutoCorrect**options. - Using the
**Math AutoCorrect**options:

Using this method, you can benefit from the **Math AutoCorrect** options without inserting an equation. To turn on or turn off the **AutoCorrect** of the **Math** symbols, do the following:

** 1. ** On the **File** tab, click **Options**:

** 2. ** In the **Word Options** dialog box, on the
**Proofing** tab, click the **AutoCorrect Options...** button:

** 3. ** In the **AutoCorrect** dialog box, on the **Math AutoCorrect** tab, select the **Use Math AutoCorrect rules outside of the math regions** option:

After clicking **OK**, you can use any of the listed ** Names of symbols**, and Microsoft Word will replace them with the appropriate symbols:

** Note**: If you do not need the last replacement, click

**Ctrl+Z**to cancel it.

## II. Using a shortcut key:

Microsoft Word offers a pre-defined shortcut key for some symbols such as ** chevrons**:

- Type
**2329**, or**27e8**,**27E8**(does not matter, uppercase or lowercase) and immediately press**Alt+X**to insert thesymbol:*Left-Pointing Angle Bracket***⟨** - Type
**232a**,**232A**, or**27e9**,**27E9**and press**Alt+X**to insert thesymbol:*Right-Pointing Angle Bracket***⟩**

** Note**: You can see the combination in the

**Character code**field in the

**Symbol**dialog box (see below).

## III. Using a Symbol dialog box:

To open the **Symbol** dialog box, on the **Insert** tab, in the **Symbols** group, select the **Symbol** button, and then click **More Symbols...**:

On the **Symbol** dialog box:

- In the
**Font**list, select the**Cambria Math**font, - Optionally, to find symbols faster, in the
**Subset**list, select the**Miscellaneous Technical**subset, - Select the symbol:
- Click the
**Insert**button to insert the symbol, - Click the
**OK**button to close the**Symbol**dialog box.