WD: Creating Special Characters with Overstrike

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In Microsoft Word, you may want to use a character that is not supported by the ANSI character set or by your printer. You can create such characters by combining two characters using the overstrike capabilities of the Equation field.

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To Use an Equation Field:

To insert the field characters (braces) from the keyboard, press COMMAND+F9.

The field {eq \o(o,-)} produces an "o" with a line through it.
   This part of the field  Does this
   eq                      Tells Word it is an equation field

   \o                      Is the code for overstrike

   (o,-)                   Tells Word to overstrike the "o" with the "-"
You can also use horizontal lines of different sizes and vertical positions to supplement the dash and underline characters found on the keyboard. Other line styles include the Times Roman characters 150 (em dash), 151 (en dash), the Symbol characters 45 (similar to a keyboard dash, but longer), and 190. The em dash and en dash are also available in most standard fonts. The Symbol character 190 is the longest available horizontal line character.

Another Example--European "S" with a Superscript Dash (-)

Use the following equation field to create this character:
{eq S\d\ba5()\s\up8(-)}
This example takes the uppercase "S" character, moves the (-) character back by 5 points, and then moves it up 8 points.

NOTE: If the overstrike characters do not appear as expected, you may have a country other than the United States selected in the International dialog box. To change the country configuration, click the Control Panel icon in Windows Explorer or Program Manager, click the International icon, and select United States under Country. The overstrike characters should be positioned correctly.


Article ID: 193778 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Word 98 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word X for Mac
  • Microsoft Word 2001 for Mac
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