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Word – Insert symbols using shortcut keys

PROBLEM:Do you find yourself constantly navigating to the Insert tab to insert a symbol?

SOLUTION: Try mapping the Symbol to a shortcut key.

Word 2010, 2013 & 2016 – Inserting symbols using shortcut keys

Mapping symbols to shortcut keys allows you to quickly drop the Symbol into your document using a key combination, making your document creation time faster.

To do this:

  1. On the Insert tab click Symbol and then click More Symbols.
  2. On the Symbols tab select the Symbol that will be mapped to the shortcut key.
  3. Click the Shortcut Key button.  The Customize Keyboard dialog box will be displayed with the insertion point flashing in the Press new shortcut key box.
  4. Press a key combination, e.g. ALT + N.  Please check the Currently assigned to indicator to ensure your key combination is [unassigned].  If it is already assigned try a different combination.
  5. Click Assign and then Close, and Close again to close the Symbol dialog box.
  6. In your document place the insertion point where you require the symbol and then press the shortcut key combination.  The Symbol will be inserted.

Note: by default the key combination is saved to your Normal template.  This means you can use the combination in all documents based on this template.

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