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    Inserting symbols (XP SP2 / Office 2000)

    I know how to click Insert, then Symbol, then find the symbol I want to insert in my slide. What I'm looking for is a way to do it more quickly because I need to use the same two symbols over and over. The Help suggestion is to find out the symbol's character code then hit Alt-0 and the code, but I have no idea where these codes are. I'd really like to create keyboard shortcuts for these two symbols, but I'm not sure how to do that either.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Inserting symbols (XP SP2 / Office 2000)

    If you start the Character Map accessory, the Alt+... combination for each character you click on is displayed in the status bar.

    Of course, you can also enter the symbo once, then copy it to the clipboard and paste it as many times as you need in other locations.

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    Re: Inserting symbols (XP SP2 / Office 2000)

    Thanks Hans, the copy/paste idea is so imple that it never occured to me!!

    One question, when I click Insert, Symbol is that the Character Map accessory you're talking about? If so, when I choose a symbol there I don't see any combination anywhere in PP. Am I missing the Status Bar?

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    Re: Inserting symbols (XP SP2 / Office 2000)

    No, I meant the standalone Character Map accessory available from the Start menu. In Windows XP, it is

    Start | All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Character Map

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    Re: Inserting symbols (XP SP2 / Office 2000)

    Gotcha, found it. Thanks very much for your help

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    Re: Inserting symbols (XP SP2 / Office 2000)

    OK Hans, one more question. I see the character code listed, but I'm not sure how to use it. For instance, the code for the symbol I need is 0xE1. Exactly what do I do with that?

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    Re: Inserting symbols (XP SP2 / Office 2000)

    Which version of Windows are you using? In Windows XP, the Alt+... combination is displayed on the right hand side of the status bar. The screenshot shows the Dutch language version, but the general idea will be clear, I hope.

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    Re: Inserting symbols (XP SP2 / Office 2000)

    I'm using XP Pro, but I don't see what you do in Character Map. I'd like to attach a screen shot of what I see but I don't know how to keep it under 100k.

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    Re: Inserting symbols (XP SP2 / Office 2000)

    The UK version on Windows XP Pro SP2 looks identical to HansV's picture, except that the word at the bottom says "Keystroke:"

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    Re: Inserting symbols (XP SP2 / Office 2000)

    Now I see what you mean. The symbol I'm looking at doesn't have a Keystroke listed, like the example you used does.

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    Re: Inserting symbols (XP SP2 / Office 2000)

    What symbol is it?

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    Re: Inserting symbols (XP SP2 / Office 2000)

    I need the up and down arrows

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    Re: Inserting symbols (XP SP2 / Office 2000)

    Mine shows the keystroke code only for characters that are not on the keyboard, such as Alt+0169 for the circle-C copyright symbol.

    Another way to get the information is to use Word's Insert>Symbol dialog. (Not sure if PowerPoint's is the same or different.) Add enough zeroes to the front of the "character code" (ASCII Decimal, not Unicode, or hex) to get the 4-digit number.

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    Re: Inserting symbols (XP SP2 / Office 2000)

    I don't think the up and down arrows are in the ANSI character set, they are Unicode 2191 and 2193. I have no idea how to insert a Unicode character into PowerPoint except by using Insert Symbol, or copy/paste.

    You could always define an autocorrect string and paste the arrow symbols into the "replace with" box. This might save a bit of time.

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