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Hot keys, super/subscripts

  1. Sep 17, 2004 #1
    can microsoft word or excel set up hot keys for the greek letters(+-) symbol? what about super/sub scripts? can mircosoft or excel do any of that? im trying to write my physics lab report and i need to input alot of symbols. if mircsoft word/excel cant do it, is there any program that can? i have windows xp
     
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  3. Sep 17, 2004 #2

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    For super and subscript in MS Word, highlight the text you want to sub/superscript and go to Format -> Font and look for the appropriate Effects check box.

    In Excel, highlight the text and go to Format -> Cells and then check the Effects checkbox you want to use.

    Hope that answers part of your question.
     
  4. Sep 17, 2004 #3

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    You might want to look at this from MS Word Help:

    Assign a shortcut key to a symbol


    On the Insert menu, click Symbol.

    Click the tab with the symbol or character you want.

    Click the symbol or character you want.

    Click Shortcut Key.

    In the Press new shortcut key box, type the key combination you want to use.

    Click Assign.
     
  5. Sep 17, 2004 #4
    thank you, i was searching google for how to do these symbols but couldnt find anything useful.
     
  6. Sep 17, 2004 #5

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    I think the annoying little Office assistant animated paperclip guy is actually good at answering these kinds of questions.

    - Warren
     
  7. Sep 17, 2004 #6
    that annoying guy was disabled by me since office was installed.
     
  8. Sep 17, 2004 #7

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    Most people, including me, disable it. But, you might consider re-enabling it just to answer these kinds of administrative questions. Then, disable it again. ;)

    - Warren
     
  9. Sep 17, 2004 #8

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    I just use the contents and index in the Help pulldown menu. I sent Clippy packing a long time ago.
    Although I must say the "Links" Office Assistant was kinda cute and I had that for awhile (Links is the kitty cat, course!)
     
  10. Sep 17, 2004 #9

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    It's been a while since I've used a PC, but even in older versions of Word, you could customize your toolbar. I always make sure superscript and subscript buttons are right in the toolbar (or formatting palette, whichever you prefer) to easily get at them. For symbols, you can assign shortcut keys (some are already assigned, like ctrl-m has been the Greek letter mu for as long as I can remember; or maybe it's option-m on a PC...now I can't recall, it's whichever doesn't minimize the window).

    I don't know if you can do it on your version of Word, but in Office 2004 for Mac OSX, you can set your autocorrect to recognize a keystroke combination to change into the symbol of your choice. Saves you from having to make any extra keystrokes.

    You could also just type in a "code" for your symbol (perhaps something like "[a" for alpha) then when you're done, just go through and do a search and replace for that symbol throughout.
     
  11. Sep 17, 2004 #10

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    MS Office usually comes with something called an Equation Editor (filename : EQNEDT**.EXE - my version is EQNEDT32 - you can do a search for this in your computer). This is good for writing up Science papers that have equations (especially if you want to show greek characters, integrals, limits, fractions or such). Once you write an equation in the Editor, you can copy it into Word or Excel, and it will retain its formatting.
     
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