Special Characters and Symbols

Symbols or special characters are part of the Microsoft Office suite.  The symbol command is found on the Insert tab, symbols group. The Symbol button on the Insert tab. Symbols or Special Characters range from  things like the em- and en-dashes; copyright, trademark, and registered symbols; and proofreading marks. There are also more technical things like non-breaking spaces, left-to-right embedding, em-space, and en-space.

You can easily insert a special character, fraction, or other symbol into one of your Microsoft applications such as Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and Excel workbooks; across all Microsoft Applications.

The most important thing to understand when inserting symbols, fractions, special characters, or international characters is that the font you use is critical. Not all fonts have the same characters in them. For example, the Elephant font has no fraction characters in it, while Verdana or (normal text) does. As a result it’s important to use the right font to find the symbol or character you want. These marks are static symbols.

There are two tabs in the Symbols dialogue box, one represents the symbols the other Special Characters. By selecting one or the other the relevant details are displayed.

Wingdings or Webdings

Wingdings and webdings are Microsoft dingbat fonts. Wingdings were created to be used as a unique tool for the pre-internet era. It was akin to emojis, but with even more utility. Wingdings is a series of dingbat fonts that render letters as a variety of symbols, for instance inserting a phone symbol in front of your telephone number. That is a visual representation of the text/number information.

Special characters

Special characters can be typed on a standard 101 keyboard, special extended ASCII characters such as é or ß can be typed by holding the ALT key and typing the corresponding 4 digit ASCII code. For example é is typed by holding the ALT key and typing 0233 on the keypad.

More check marks to choose from
Another font, Segoe UI Symbol, has three checkmark options. Symbol sizes can be made larger or smaller by increasing or decreasing the Font Size setting.

Symbol Character code
Check mark, Segoe UI Symbol font, character code 2705 hex. 2705
Check mark, Segoe UI Symbol font, character code 2713 hex. 2713
Check mark, Segoe UI Symbol font, character code 2714 hex. 2714

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