Sunday, January 13, 2013

How to Create Shortcuts for Symbols in Microsoft Word?


Though graphical user interface has almost smashed away the command line, still keyboard shortcut is very popular among professionals. Still it is the best way to get out the best from any software. Because graphical user interface may let you easily use the software but keyboard shortcuts can give you the productivity. 

Earlier I've provided keyboard shortcuts for different programs. You can also read these:
Today you will learn how to create shortcuts for symbols or special characters in MS Word.  For example: Alt + 1 for ×, Ctrl + Num 0 =  ,  Ctrl + Num 1 = ÷ etc. Okay let's begin: 
  1. At first open MS Word.
  2. Then go to Symbol (Word XP and 2003 users will find it under Insert Menu. And Word 2007 and 2010 should go to the Insert Tab then at the right side there will be Symbol option. Then choose More Symbols from down arrow).
  3. Now you will see the Symbol Window with many symbols arranged under different fonts. 
  4. Select the Symbol or Character you want to make a shortcut for.
  5. Click the Shortcut Key.
  6. In the Press New Shortcut Key box press the key combination you wanna use for the selected symbol. For example: Ctrl + desired letter. Desired letter maybe 1 or num 1, or A, B, C etc. But make sure that this combination doesn't conflict with any existing shortcuts. (Never assign any shortcuts from Ctrl + A to Ctrl + Z. Use Alt key while combining with A to Z)
  7. Finally hit on the Assign button. Or if you wanna remove the previous one then hit on the remove button. That's it. 
Note: Some characters may already have shortcut key combination. You will see the combination when you are in the symbol window. It will be right to the Shortcut Key button. 

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