Insert special characters in Writer – LO52
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- 1 Foreword
- 2 Link to the Video
- 3 Insert special character
- 4 Character table.ods
- 5 Font character set
- 6 Font of the special kind
- 7 Character table in Windows 10
- 8 Further Informations
The video "Schriftarten - Sonderzeichen einfügen in Writer - LibreOffice 5.2" links to this page here, which contains further information.
This description refers to the version LibreOffice 5.2.
Link to the Video
Link to the Video (in German [DE]): Schriftarten - Sonderzeichen einfügen in Writer - LibreOffice 5.2
Insert special character
Position the cursor at the point where the special character is to be inserted.
To insert a special character, choose the Menu off. ▸
The dialog box appears: "Special Characters" dialog box.
Here the "Font" can be selected with "Subset".
You select a font to display the special characters available for it.
In the lower right corner the character code is displayed in hexadecimal and decimal numbers.
You can click on a character or special characters from the font table.
The corresponding character is entered in the lower line "Characters" and displayed enlarged on the right.
You can also click on several characters.
Withthe character(s) at the cursor position are taken over.
Note: Possibly not all fonts are installed on your computer. Fonts that are stored on the computer can be installed later.
Dialog box "Special characters" - Enlarge view
In the dialogue box "Special characters" the individual special characters are usually difficult to recognise because they are displayed relatively small.
The dialog box can be enlarged.
Position the cursor at the bottom right corner until a diagonal double arrow appears.
Click on the corner of the dialogue box and drag it to the bottom right.
As a result, no more characters are displayed, but the previously displayed characters are shown larger.
This makes the selection a little easier.
Since the dialogue box "Special Characters" only presents a limited number of characters at the same time, it is often tedious to search for a specific character.
Here the Calc table "Zeichentabelle.ods" (kindly provided by, source: Regina Henschel) a little remedy.
In the Calc table a much larger number of characters is displayed at the same time and it is easier to scroll and change fonts.
Instructions for the "character table.ods"
The table is divided into lines of 100 characters each.
The data area "myZeichen" can be used to mark the inside of the table.
To do this select the menu▸ and in the dialogue box "Select database range" (the "mySign" range is already marked there) and click .
Now open the "Styles" sidebar with F11 or via▸ .
The current format template/cell template is called "Character Set".
You can adjust them here according to your own wishes (e.g. a different font).
Right-click on the cell template "Character Set" and select.
In the cell template, the default font is Cambria, Default, 20 pt.
Simply select a different font and click.
The selected font is immediately displayed in the inner table and with it the characters and special characters contained in it.
Alternatively, you can also derive one or more cell templates from the cell template "Character set", give them a memorable name and enter the desired font there.
Font character set
The font character set corresponds to all characters and special characters contained in this font.
In the early days of the computer, the so-called ASCII character set was designed.
This was based on a 7-bit representation of characters.
With 7-bit one had 128 possibilities (0-127) of coding.
Of these, the first 32 possibilities are occupied by non-printable characters.
So there was just enough space for the small and large alphabet, the numbers 0-9 and some special characters.
The origin and the extent to this was the typewriter.
In the course of time, the demands on the extent of a character set became higher and higher and character sets with higher and variable coding possibilities followed.
This allows a wide range of characters and special characters.
Often not all possibilities are used, so that coded places (character places) remain unused.
At this point thethen only a white area or a square or rectangle.
If a character that represents only a white area is inserted into the text, nothing will be seen there of course.
Note: Some (often older) fonts offer less possibilities.
Font of the special kind
With many fonts, the main purpose is to make the font look special.
But our topic here are the special characters.
The standard fonts, like Arial, Times New Roman, Courier New, etc., usually already contain special characters.
Examples: Standard fonts
Arial: → ®, ֍, ₤
Times New Roman: → ©, ⁂, ℉
Courier New: → ☺, ♥, ♫
Special fonts have even more to offer here, e.g. cutouts:
Character table in Windows 10
A character table can also be called up in Windows.
This can be clicked on via▸ ▸ ▸ .
The dialog box appears "Character Table".
A font can also be selected right at the top.
The adjacent buttonleads to a Microsoft website (general help page).
With "Character selection" it is possible to select a character from the table with.
With the button, the selected character is copied to the clipboard and can now be pasted at any position.
In the line "Character set" you can choose between "Unicode", "DOS+language" and "Windows+language".
In the Unicode field, the value for a known Unicode can be entered.
For example "0072" stands for the lower case letter "r".
The "r" character is then displayed in the table at the top left.
If this character is no longer needed, the table can be reset to its original state by pressing thebutton.
With "Grouping by:" it is still possible to group the displayed character set.
In the "Search for:" line, for example, you can search for known terms, e.g. "bracket", "degree" or "plus".
Simply enter the term and click thebutton.
After selecting a character, the table is reset to its original state with thebutton.
The coding and a description of the character is displayed at the bottom left.
For some characters, the key combination associated with the Alt key and the numeric keypad is shown at the bottom right "Alt+0161" (U+00A1) to "Alt+0255" (U+00FF).
Documentation / Manuals
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