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How to Manually add a symbol above a letter in word

symbol above a letter in word

Compound characters are useful for those that write papers on subjects like mathematics, physics, chemistry etc. Some of these characters are not available on Word’s “Insert Symbol” dialog box.. Hence, for this tutorial, you will learn how to easily create these compound characters using the
 “Insert Symbol” dialog box and then using character codes.
To create these compound characters, we have to make use of the Combining Diacritical Marks functionality of word, which is available under The “Arial Unicode MS” font. It has tons of English characters and symbols (as well as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters), but it does not have statistical symbols.

Method 1 : Insert Symbol dialog box
  • 1.       Type the letter over which you wish to insert the diacritical mark.
  • 2.       Click the “Insert” tab.
  •     click insert in word  
  • 3.       On the extreme right you will see “Symbols” click the “Symbol” button and then select “More Symbols” from the drop-down menu.
  •    more symbols in word
  • 4.       Ensure that “Arial Unicode MS” is selected in the “Font” drop-down list in the upper-left corner, subset should be "combining diacritical marks" and “Unicode (hex)” is selected in the “from” drop-down list in the lower-right corner, above the “Insert” and “Cancel” buttons.
  •     choose arial unicode
  • 5.       Choose the diacritical mark you want to use in the chart of symbols and click on it.
  •    choose combining diacritical marks
  • 6.       If you know the Unicode character code for the diacritical mark, you can type that into the “Character code” edit box, too.

NOTE: The dialog box containing the symbols is modeless {It does not close after inserting a symbol}.This is nice because you can insert another symbol  since it remains open.  After inserting a symbol, the “Cancel” button becomes the “Close” button. When you’re finished with the dialog box, click “Close”.
DONE! now have a custom compound character and you can continue typing after it.

Method 2 : Using character codes
  • 1.       Type out the letter to which you want to add a diacritical mark above.
  • 2.       Get the Unicode character code for the mark.
  •    table showing unicode character codes
  • 3.       Type the code directly after the letter (with no space)
  •    type code after the letter
  • 4.       Hit “Alt + X” on your keyboard. Word converts the code to a diacritical mark and places it above the previous letter.
  •    symbol inserted above letter

NOTE: This method 2 does not work when the letter  X  is to have a diacritical mark. But method 1 can be used instead .

Both methods are easy to use and provide ways to add combining diacritics to your Word documents without having to use the Equation Editor.

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