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Give your Word documents a professional look by adding symbols

The smallest details often make a big difference in the appearance of your documents. See how the simple trick of adding a couple of special characters can improve your page design.
Just a few quick touches with symbols can spruce up your documents in minutes. For example, say you've just formatted the newsletter shown in Figure A.

Figure A

sample doc

You'd like to add something at the end of Article One that tells the reader the article ends there; you would also like to add something to indicate that Article Two continues on the next page. Follow these steps:

  1. Click at the end of Article One.

  1. Go to Insert | Symbol. (In Word 2007, click the Insert tab and then click Symbol in the Symbols group and select More Symbols.)

  1. Click the Font box drop-down arrow and select Symbol.

  1. Click the symbol in the last row, as shown in Figure B, and then click the Insert button.

Figure B

symbols

  1. Click Close.

  1. Select the symbol you just inserted and change the Font color to dark green.

  1. Click at the end of the last column in the document.

  1. Go to Insert | Symbol. (In Word 2007, click the Insert tab and then click Symbol in the Symbols group and select More Symbols.)

  1. Click the Font box drop-down arrow and select WingDings.

  1. Click the symbol shown in Figure C and then click the Insert button.

Figure C

more symbols

  1. Click Close.

  1. Select the inserted symbol and change the font size to 18 and the Font color to dark green (Figure D).

Figure D

symbol formatting

Note: When you need to use the symbols again, you can find them listed under the most recently used symbols in the Insert Symbol dialog box. In Word 2007, just click Symbol on the Insert tab.


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Using the above method, you can apply letters with the proper accents in foreign words. Example: Tel?fono Better Example: r?sum? This makes your document look highly professional. (I would have come up with a better example, but I haven't finished my morning cup of coffee and my mind is blank. :) ) [edited because Aha! it's later in the day and I found a better example - right here on TR no less!]

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