Introduction: Assigning Keyboard Shortcuts to Symbols in Microsoft Word

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These instructions will take you through the process of assigning more logical and intuitive keyboard shortcuts for commonly used symbols in Microsoft Word.

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Open a new Word document and go to the "Insert" tab.

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Select the “Symbol” option.

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You will see a drop-down menu with many suggested symbols and an option at the bottom that says “More Symbols”. Select this option.

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In the dialogue box that appears, find the symbol for which you wish to create a keyboard shortcut and click it only once.

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In the bottom left corner of the box, you will see two buttons. Click the one labeled “Shortcut Key.”

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A new dialogue box should appear and you should see a data entry box labeled “Press new shortcut key.” Enter the keyboard shortcut that you wish to be assigned to this symbol.

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Now click the button in the bottom left corner labeled “Assign.” Your new shortcut should be effective immediately.

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Here are a few suggestions for intuitive key combinations for some commonly used symbols.


Lissah (author)2014-02-05

Please comment to let me know if this was helpful or how I could improve my instructions.

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