Someday you will need to include a “special character” in a document. The Registered symbol (®), the Trademark symbol (™), the degree symbol (º), the checkmark symbol (✓), and math symbols are a few of the hundreds of characters available.
On a Mac
Click “Edit” on the Menu bar at the top of the screen and click “Emoji and Symbols” (or “Special Characters” on older Macs). Once you locate the symbol you want, double click on it to insert it into your text.
On Windows 7, 8, or 10
Type “character map” into the control panel’s search box and click “character map” from the search results. Click on the desired character, click “select,” and then click “copy.” Go to your document, place the cursor where you want the character, right-click, and then click “paste.”
On an iPad
Some special characters are “under” keys on your regular keyboard; just tap and hold down a key to find them. A full set of special characters is located on the “Emoji” keyboard, which you need to add to your keypad. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Add Keyboard > Emoji. Once it’s added, you will find it under the “globe” symbol on your keypad (to the left of the space bar).
Note: when working in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), you can insert special characters from within the program itself: Insert > Symbols.
If you want to learn more about Special Characters — including the keyboard shortcuts for the more popular ones — type “special characters” and your operating system or device into your favorite search engine. You’ll learn all you need to know … and more!