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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.

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.

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

  3. If you don't see the character you need, open the Set drop-down list and then select a different character set from the list.
  4. 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.

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

(c or (c)

Registered trademark symbol

(r or (r)



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 entry you want to remove, and then choose Delete Entry.

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