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How to create special characters with overstrike in Word

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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 (EQ) field.

How to Use an EQ Field

To insert the field characters (braces) from the keyboard, press CTRL+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 must apply formatting to the '-' character to raise it above the "o".To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Select the '-' character.
  2. On the Format menu, click Font.
  3. Click the Character Spacing tab.
  4. In the Position list, click Raised. Click OK.
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) and 151 (en dash) and the Symbol characters 45 (similar to akeyboard dash, but longer) and 190. The em and en dashes 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 EQ 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, youmay have a country other than the United Statesselected in the International dialog box. To change the countryconfiguration, point to Settings on the Windows Start menu, and click Control Panel. Double-click the Regional Settings icon, and select English (United States) in the list on the Regional Settings tab.

The overstrike characters should be positioned correctly.
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Article ID: 211642 - Last Review: 01/23/2007 22:18:44 - Revision: 2.1

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