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Inserting Special Characters

Special characters, or symbols, are one of the many areas where WordPerfect distinguishes itself from the competition. WordPerfect has more than 1,500 special characters, including entire foreign language alphabets, that you can insert anywhere in your document.


Not all special characters are available in every font. Depending on the font you have selected, you may see empty boxes instead of special characters, which means that those characters aren't available. On the other hand, certain fonts, such as Wingdings, are composed entirely of special characters.

To insert special characters, follow these steps:

  1. Click in the document where you want the special character to appear.

  2. Press Ctrl+W or choose Insert, Symbols to open the Symbols dialog box (see Figure 3.8). You might need to scroll down to see the symbol you want.

  3. Figure 3.8Figure 3.8 Through the Symbols dialog box, you can insert more than 1,500 symbols and characters from foreign language alphabets.

  4. If you don't see the character you need, click the Set button, and then select a different character set from the list.

  5. Select the symbol, and then choose Insert, or double-click a symbol in the list to insert it. The dialog box stays open to make it easier for you to insert other symbols. (If you want to move it, click and drag the title bar.) Choose Close when you are finished. If you only need to insert one symbol, choose Insert and Close instead.

If you see empty or black boxes instead of the special characters in the Symbols dialog box, see "Symbols Display As Empty or Black Boxes" in the Troubleshooting section at the end of this chapter.


If you insert the same symbols over and over, you'll appreciate this shortcut. The next time you select a symbol, look for the two numbers in the Number text box. Then, when you need to insert that character again, press Ctrl+W, type the two numbers (separated by a space or a comma), and then press Enter. For example, to insert the heart symbol shown in Figure 3.8, press Ctrl+W, type 5,0; then, press Enter.

The QuickCorrect feature is designed to automatically correct common spelling errors and typos while you type. There are five common symbols that you can insert with QuickCorrect (see Table 3.2).

Table 3.2 Creating Symbols with QuickCorrect

To Get This

Type This

Copyright symbol


Registered trademark symbol




en dash (–)

-- or n-

em dash (—)

--- or m-

If you don't want QuickCorrect making these automatic replacements, you can take these symbols out of the list. Choose Tools, QuickCorrect. Select the symbol you want to remove, and then choose Delete Entry.

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