Word 2003: Insert Symbols

Lesson 14: Insert Symbols



By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Insert symbols

Use of symbols

There are many symbols that you might often see in publications that are not directly available from your keyboard. For example, the copyright symbol, ©, is not available on the keyboard but can be selected from Word's Symbol dialog box.

Other commonly used symbols that appear in the Symbol dialog box include:

  • © Copyright
  • ® Registered trademark
  • TM Trademark
  • CompleteCheck mark
  • — Em dash

Inserting symbols

To insert symbols into your document:

  • Click Insert on the menu bar.
  • Select Symbols. The Symbols dialog box appears.
  • Click the Symbols tab to select a symbol from a font type.


  • Click the Special Characters tab to view other commonly used symbols.
  • Click on the Symbol or Special Character you would like to select, then click Insert.
  • The symbol or character will show up in your document.
  • Click Close.

Symbols Dialog Box

CompleteAvailable symbols will depend on which fonts you have installed on your machine. Word comes with pre-installed symbols for you use, but other fonts such as Wingdings will offer numerous symbol options.

Before you start the challenge...

During the challenges for these lessons, you will create a newsletter or flyer. Before you begin, decide which topic you would like to write about.

  • Do you want to design a flyer that advertises a room for rent?
  • Do you want to develop a flyer that promotes a service, such as piano or guitar lessons?
  • Do you want to develop a newsletter for an organization you are a member of?

There are many templates in Microsoft Word 2003 that can help you create these documents, but for this tutorial you will find it more educational if you complete the assignment without using the template feature. Make a decision about what you want your document to be about, and we'll get started!


  • Open Word, and create a New document.
  • Insert a symbol into the document. Do not worry about placement in the documentyou'll move the symbol around as you learn more about Word.
  • Save and close Word.