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WD: Creating Special Characters with Overstrike

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

To insert the field characters (braces) from the keyboard, pressCOMMAND+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 verticalpositions to supplement the dash and underline characters found on thekeyboard. Other line styles include the Times Roman characters 150 (emdash), 151 (en dash), the Symbol characters 45 (similar to akeyboard dash, but longer), and 190. The em dash and en dash are alsoavailable in most standard fonts. The Symbol character 190 is thelongest 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.
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Article ID: 193778 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 14:51:00 - Revision: 2.0

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