Assign a shortcut key to a symbol or special character

Begin shortcut key combinations with CTRL, ALT, or a function key.

  1. On the Insert menu, click Symbol.
  2. Click the tab with the symbol or character (character: A letter, number, punctuation mark, or symbol.) you want.

 Note    If you don't see the symbol you want, in the drop-down menus, click a different font or subset.

  1. Click the symbol or character you want.
  2. Click Shortcut Key.
  3. In the Press new shortcut key box, press the key combination you want to use. For example, press ALT+ the desired key.
  4. Look at Currently assigned to to see if the shortcut key combination is already assigned to a command or other item.

Reassigning a key combination means that you can no longer use the combination for its original purpose. For example, pressing CTRL+B changes selected text to bold. If you reassign CTRL+B to a new command or other item, you will not be able to bold text by pressing CTRL+B unless you restore the shortcut key assignments to their original settings.

  1. Click Assign.
Applies to:
Word 2003