Insert Special Characters in Writer

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    The video "Schriftarten - Sonderzeichen einfügen in Writer" links to this page here, which contains further information.

    The basis of this description is the online help.

    Link to the Video

    Link to the Video (in German [DE]):

    Schriftarten - Sonderzeichen einfügen in Writer - LibreOffice

    Insert Special Characters

    Position the cursor at the point where the Special character is to be inserted.

    To insert a Special Character, choose the Insert ▸ Special Character… menu.

    It appears the "Special Characters" dialog.

    Here the "Font" can be selected with "Character Block".

    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 "Favourite Characters:" and displayed enlarged on the right.

    You can also click on several Characters.

    With the Insert button the Character(s) at the cursor position are taken over.

    "Special characters" dialog
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    Possibly not all Fonts are installed on your computer. Fonts that are stored on the computer can be installed later.

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    Support for Type 1 fonts has been removed (Release 5.3)

    "Special characters" dialog - Enlarge view

    The dialog can be enlarged.

    Position the cursor at the bottom right corner until a diagonal double arrow appears.

    Click on the corner of the dialog 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.

    Create Special Characters via keyboard

    Enter the HEX code ( example: 221A = SQUARE ROOT ) and directly -
    depending on the default setting - press Alt + C or Alt + X.

    See also:

    Character table.ods

    Since the "Special Characters" dialog 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 H. / Thanks a lot.) 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 "Zeichentabelle.ods" ( "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 Data ▸ Select Range… and in the "Select database range" dialog (the "mySign" range is already marked there) and click OK.

    Now open the "Styles" sidebar with F11 or via View ▸ Styles.

    The current Format Style/Cell Styles is called "Zeichensatz" ( "Character Set" ).

    You can adjust them here according to your own wishes (e.g. a different Font).

    Right-click on the Cell Style "Character Set" and select Modify….

    In the Cell Style the DefaultFont is Cambria, Regular, 20 pt.

    Simply select a different Font and click OK.

    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 Styles from the Cell Style "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 the GlyphWikipedia logo v3.svg then 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.

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    Some 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

    Examples: Standard fonts

    Arial: → ®, ֍, ₤

    Times New Roman: → ©, ⁂, ℉

    Courier New: → ☺, ♥, ♫

    Special Fonts

    Special fonts have even more to offer here, e.g. cutouts:




    Character table in Windows

    A Character table can also be called up in Windows.

    This can be clicked on via Start ▸ All Apps ▸ Windows Accessories ▸ Character Map ( Win10 ) /
    Start ▸ All Apps ▸ Windows Tools ▸ Character Map ( Win11 ).

    The "Character Table" dialog appears.

    A Font can also be selected right at the top.

    The adjacent Help button leads to a Microsoft website (general help page).

    With "Character selection" it is possible to select a Character from the table with Select.

    With the Copy 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 the Reset button.

    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 the Search button.

    After selecting a character, the table is reset to its original state with the Reset button.

    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).

    Further Informations

    Work files


    Special character

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