WD97: How to Insert a Slashed Zero (0 Overlaid with a /) Character

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In Microsoft Word, you can insert the slash "O" symbol in a document using the Symbol dialog box (on the Insert menu, click Symbol) or by pressing CTRL+/ and then pressing SHIFT+O. This symbol, which resembles a slashed zero, is actually the letter "O" not the number zero. This character is wider than a slashed zero and may not look correct when used as a number.

This article includes two methods you can use to create a slashed numerical zero character.

NOTE: Although the character generated by the following methods looks like a slashed zero, it is not a number and cannot be used as a number in calculations.


To create a slashed zero, you can use one of the following methods.

Method 1: Use the Equation Field

  1. On the Insert menu, click Field.
  2. In the Field Names box, click Eq, and then click Options.
  3. Under Switches, click \o(), and then click Add to Field.

    In the Field Options dialog box, under Field Codes, you should see a line that resembles the following:
    EQ \O()
  4. Click between the parenthesis and type a zero, followed by a comma and a slash character.

    Your equation field should now resemble the following text:
    EQ \O (0,/)
  5. Click OK to close the Field Options dialog box, and then click OK to close the Field dialog box.

    NOTE: If you don't see the slashed zero in your document, you need to toggle the field codes. To do this:
    1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
    2. On the View tab, click to clear the Field Codes check box.
  6. Right-clik the slashed zero, and then click Toggle Field Codes.
  7. Remove the extra space between the right parenthesis and the right brace.
  8. Right-click the field, and then click Toggle Field Codes. The result should be a zero with a slash through it.

Method 2: Create a Macro

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You can use the following example Visual Basic for Applications macro to add the Slash Zero EQ field to the document.
   Sub SlashZero()
      ' SlashZero Macro
      ' Add the Slash Zero EQ field to the document.
      Selection.Fields.Add Range:=Selection.Range, Type:=wdFieldEmpty, _
         Text:="EQ \o (0,/)", PreserveFormatting:=False
      ' Remove the extra space that is inserted in the field.
      ActiveWindow.View.ShowFieldCodes=Not ActiveWindow.View.ShowFieldCodes
      Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=2
      Selection.Delete Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=1
      ' Move insertion point to the right of the field.
      ActiveWindow.View.ShowFieldCodes=Not ActiveWindow.View.ShowFieldCodes
      Selection.MoveRight Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=1
   End Sub
NOTE: The macro can be added to a toolbar or menu by using Customize on the Tools menu.

For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
173707 OFF97: How to Run Sample Code from Knowledge Base Articles
For more information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
163435 VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications


Article ID: 181175 - Last Review: January 22, 2007 - Revision: 3.3
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
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