Insert Symbols

In Word symbols can be added and altered to add clarity and visual appeal. Use symbols in Word for all types of Word documents.

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.