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In Word for Mac 2011 Essential Training, author Maria Langer shows how to create, format, and print a wide variety of documents in Microsoft Word 2011. The course covers building outlines, formatting text and pages, working with headers and footers, using themes and styles, adding multimedia, and more. It also shows how to customize and automate Word 2011, including how to record macros. Exercise files accompany the course.
Word makes it very easy to include symbols and special characters in your documents. It does this by offering a palette of symbols that you can browse for the one you want. Let's give this a try by inserting a trademark symbol in the Owner Message document. Now, since we're inserting a character, we want to start by positioning the insertion point where the character will go. We're going to put it right after the word Trees here in the second paragraph. So, I'll just click right after the word Trees. We'll use the Media Browser to insert the character. If it isn't already showing, click the Show Media Browser button on the Standard toolbar.
That's this button right here. Then in the Media Browser window, click the Symbols button. Now, the way this works is you can scroll through this list of symbols to find that one you want, or if you want to narrow down the list a bit, you can use this menu to choose different options. Currency symbols, fractions. The one we want is a trademark symbol, and sure enough it's right here under Trade. So the insertion point is in the document blinking and I'm going to click the trademark symbol once and it appears in the document.
If you've been using Word for a while, you might be familiar with its old Symbol dialog. You could still use that if you like. Let's take a look at how to open that. Pull down the Insert menu, come down to Symbol, and choose Advanced Symbol, and that brings up the old dialog. Now, there's two different panes here. There's this Special Characters pane, which happens to be the one that we want, but there's also a Symbols pane. The Symbols pane gives you access to a whole bunch of different symbols. What you would do here is you'd either leave it set to normal text, or you could choose a specific font, and then the items in here would change accordingly and you would just click the one that you want.
In this case, you want special characters. If we wanted to insert another one, just as an example, I'll just click that to select it and then click the Insert button and you see we've got a second one there. Because we only need one so we can delete it. Click right after it, press the Delete key and it's gone. I should mention here that you can insert many special characters by simply typing them in. For example, I know from experience that pressing Option+2 inserts the same trademark symbol we see here. How can you learn special characters? Well, one way is in the Special Characters pane of the Symbol dialog, which we see here.
If you look down here in this column, it tells you the different keyboard shortcuts. So for Trademark, sure enough it's Option+2, and as you use these, you'll learn the ones that you use most often. But if you don't remember, it's no problem. You can always insert it using one of these two techniques.
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