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How to Use Special Characters in Windows Documents
This article describes how to use special characters that are available through the Character Map, and how to manually type the Unicode number to insert a special character into a document.
Insert ASCII or Unicode Latin-based symbols and characters
In Windows 10: Type "character" in the search box on the task bar, and choose Character Map from the results. In Windows 8: Search for the word "character" on the Start screen and choose Character Map from the results.
Applies To: Excel for Microsoft 365, Outlook for Microsoft 365, PowerPoint for Microsoft 365, Publisher for Microsoft 365, Excel 2021, Outlook 2021, PowerPoint 2021, Publisher 2021, Visio Professional 2021, Visio Standard 2021, OneNote 2021, Excel 2019, Outlook 2019, PowerPoint 2019, Publisher 2019, Visio Professional 2019, Visio Standard 2019, Excel 2016, Outlook 2016, PowerPoint 2016, OneNote 2016, Publisher 2016, Visio Professional 2016, Visio Standard 2016
Why does some text display with square boxes in some apps on Windows 10?
Windows 10. Symptoms. When running certain apps on Windows 10 desktop or Windows 10 Mobile, some characters display as a square or rectangular box, or as a box with a dot, question mark or “x” inside, while the same app running on earlier Windows or Windows Phone versions did not have this problem.
How to Use Special Characters in Windows Documents
This article describes how to use special characters that are available through the Character Map, and how to manually type the Unicode number to insert a special character into a document.
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Insert ASCII or Unicode character codes in Word
For more character symbols, see the Character Map installed on your computer, ASCII character codes, or Unicode character code charts by script.
Applies To: Word for Microsoft 365, Word 2021, Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013
Using right-to-left languages in Office - Microsoft Support
You can choose a character from one of the right-to-left or left-to-right language font pages, copy it to the Clipboard, and then insert the character in your document. For more information about how to use the Character Map to enter text, see Using special characters (Character Map).
Applies To: Excel for Microsoft 365, Word for Microsoft 365, Outlook for Microsoft 365, PowerPoint for Microsoft 365, Access for Microsoft 365, Publisher for Microsoft 365, Excel 2021, Word 2021, Outlook 2021, PowerPoint 2021, Access 2021, Project Standard 2021, Publisher 2021, Visio Standard 2021, OneNote 2021, Excel 2019, Word 2019, Outlook 2019, PowerPoint 2019, Access 2019, Project Standard 2019, Publisher 2019, Visio Standard 2019, Excel 2016, Word 2016, Outlook 2016, PowerPoint 2016, Access 2016, OneNote 2016, Project Standard 2016, Publisher 2016, Visio Standard 2016, Office 2016, Visio Professional 2013
Keyboard shortcuts for international characters - Microsoft Support
Add international characters using keyboard shortcuts in your Outlook email.
Applies To: Outlook for Microsoft 365, Outlook 2021, Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, New Outlook for Windows
Customize keyboard shortcuts - Microsoft Support
You can customize keyboard shortcuts (or shortcut keys) by assigning them to a command, macro, font, style, or frequently used symbol. You can also remove keyboard shortcuts. You can assign or remove keyboard shortcuts by using a mouse or just the keyboard.
Applies To: Word for Microsoft 365, Word 2021, Word 2019, Word 2016
Insert a symbol - Microsoft Support
Insert a checkmark, musical note, or other characters by using a symbol from a table or keyboard shortcut.
Applies To: Excel for Microsoft 365, Outlook for Microsoft 365, PowerPoint for Microsoft 365, Excel 2021, Outlook 2021, PowerPoint 2021, Visio Professional 2021, Visio Standard 2021, OneNote 2021, Excel 2019, Outlook 2019, PowerPoint 2019, Visio Professional 2019, Visio Standard 2019, Excel 2016, Outlook 2016, PowerPoint 2016, OneNote 2016, Visio Professional 2016, Visio Standard 2016