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

Step 1:

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

Step 2:

Select the “Symbol” option.

Step 3:

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

Step 4:

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

Step 5:

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

Step 6:

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.

Step 7:

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

Step 8:

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