Text Basics

To insert special characters:

Google Docs offers a large collection of special characters. They are useful when writing equations, and they can serve as decorative accents as well.

  1. Place the insertion point where you want to insert a special character.
  2. Click Insert, then select Special characters.
    Selecting Special characters
  3. The Insert Special Characters dialog box will appear.
    The special characters dialog box
  4. Use the drop-down arrows above the character grid to browse groups of symbols. In our example, we are browsing for musical symbols to add to our document.
    Browsing special characters
  5. Click the desired symbol to insert it into your document.
    Selecting a symbol
  6. The symbol will appear in your document.
    Viewing a selected symbol in a document