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    Special symbols or characters (2000/9.0.3821 SR1)

    I'm not writing math formulas, but I am working on a document that includes some characters I've never seen before. The document deals with statistical process control--definitely not my strong suite. I've had good luck when searching for those special characters one sees in French and Spanish text, but this project is taking me into an entirely new realm.

    The characters I need are as follows: the letter X with one or two lines above; the letter X with one straight line and a squiggly line above it; and the letter R with a straight horizontal line above it. I've searched this forum and the MKB with no luck so far. Anyone know where I can find such characters?

    BTW: One thread I found on this forum included advice to launch the Microsoft Equation Editor. The post said to click on Insert > Object...> Microsoft Equation. Tried that, but the Equation Editor does not appear in the lineup. I tried adding it via Add Remove Programs, but I couldn't find it. I'm not even sure the Equation Editor would satisfy my need, but.... Any suggestions?

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    Re: Special symbols or characters (2000/9.0.3821 SR1)

    Hans, you never cease to amaze...! Your suggestion works beautifully! <img src=/S/joy.gif border=0 alt=joy width=23 height=23> <img src=/S/joy.gif border=0 alt=joy width=23 height=23>

    I found one small error when I tried the X combined with the hyphen and the tilde. Your first example has a comma after the X. The second and third examples have a semicolon in place of the comma. When I first tried this "equation," I got the X with a comma showing between its "legs," and the hyphen and tilde appeared in succession to the right of the X. When I went back and replaced the semicolons with commas, it worked the way it should.

    Thanks a million, Hans! (Where do you learn this stuff, anyway?? This kind of knowledge doesn't come from "Word 101," obviously!)

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    Re: Special symbols or characters (2000/9.0.3821 SR1)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by HansV on 03-Dec-02 18:04. Corrected field codes (replaced semi-colons by colons))</P>Hi Lucas,

    One possibility is to use the EQ field for this. It has options to overtype characters etc. For example, to create an X with a single line above it:
    [list=1]<LI>Type Ctrl+F9 to insert a field; you will see brackets { } (Note: you can't type the brackets yourself)
    <LI>Between the brackets, type<pre>EQ O(X,S UP6 (

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    Re: Special symbols or characters (2000/9.0.3821 SR1)

    Lucas

    Sorry about messing up the field codes. In my Dutch-language system, the semi-colon acts as list separator; in the first example, I remembered to replace it by a comma, but plain forgot about it in the second and third example - I must be getting old. I have corrected this in my previous reply.

    The explanation of what the EQ field does is in the online help - at least it is in Word 97. A while ago, I needed some of this stuff myself and worked my way through the help, trying things out as I went along. In case you're curious, I have attached a Word document with an overview of the possibilities of the EQ field.

    There are also some examples in the MSKB, for instance "]http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...;en-us;211642"> WD2000: How to Create Special Characters with Overstrike[/url].
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    Re: Special symbols or characters (2000/9.0.3821 SR1)

    Again, Hans, many thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge! I'd never even thought of using overstrikes to create a special character. I honestly didn't even know one could do such a thing!

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