How to Insert Symbol with a Keyboard Shortcut in MS Word 2016

MS Word is usually used as a word processor and gives users the flexibility to perform many documentation related tasks. Composing, editing, or rewriting a document involves a lot of technical terms and symbols. This is not an easy task to add symbols in MS Words. Symbols are not accessible on a single touch.

The most convenient way to add a symbol is with the help of a keyboard shortcut.

In this article, I will explain how we can insert symbols in a document using keyboard shortcuts. Follow the following steps to insert symbols in a document.

Insert Symbol with a Keyboard Shortcut in MS Word 2016

Navigate to the Search icon in the taskbar of Windows 10. Type Word and click on MS Word application to run it.

Click on the Blank document in the home window of MS Word.

As an Example, we are using a mathematical inequality equation. Is not equal to has a mathematical symbol.

To add a symbol, click on the Insert button at the top left of the window.

Navigate to the Symbols options on the extreme right-hand side. Click on Symbol to add any symbol.

In Symbol options, click on More Symbols.

A Symbol window will pop-up on your desktop. Search for your desired symbol. In this article, we are selecting the mathematical symbol of inequality. The predefined shortcut key is also visible at the bottom of the Symbol window.

To add the keyboard shortcut key, click on the desired symbol and then select Shortcut Key option at the bottom left of Symbol window.

Customize Keyboard window will open on your desktop. Navigate to Press new shortcut key.

Press the desired buttons on the keyboard simultaneously to assign the shortcut to the selected symbol. Click on Assign button at the bottom left of Customize Keyboard window. In this example, I press CTRL + SHIFT + (+) keys simultaneously to create a customized keyboard shortcut for inequality symbol.

The assigned shortcut is now visible in Current Keys. You can add other shortcut keys for different symbols in the same way.

Now close all the pop-up windows and press your assigned shortcut keys to add a symbol in your MS Word document. Your symbol will be added successfully.

Muhammad Imran Habib

Imran is a technology evangelist with 8 years of experience working with some of the Industry leading companies. Imran's expertise includes On-Prem/Virtual Infrastructure deployments, IT Solutions for SMEs, End User Computing Support.

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