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WD2000: How to Insert a Slashed Zero (0 Overlaid with a /)

This article was previously published under Q211315
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 parentheses 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 do not see the slashed zero in your document, you need to turn off field codes. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
    2. On the View tab, 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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For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
212536 OFF2000: How to Run Sample Code from Knowledge Base Articles
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:=1End Sub				
NOTE: The macro can be added to a toolbar or menu by using Customize on the Tools menu.

For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
191178 WD2000: How to Create Custom Toolbars and Toolbar Buttons
For additional information about programming assistance in Microsoft Word, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
226118 OFF2000: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications
212623 WD2000: Macro Programming Resources
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Article ID: 211315 - Last Review: 06/17/2005 22:39:00 - Revision: 3.0

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