How to insert special characters in Google Docs

This article will discuss 6 simple ways to insert special characters in Google Docs.

How to insert special characters in Google Docs

You could try to insert special characters in Google Docs in 6 different ways. Let’s see each of the below methods to insert special characters in detail.

  • Insert special characters in Google Docs using the “Special Characters” menu.
  • Insert special characters in Google Docs using the “keyboard shortcut.”
  • Insert special characters in Google Docs if “unable to locate a certain character.”
  • Insert special characters in Google Docs using “Unicode Value.”
  • Insert special characters in Google Docs using “Automatic Substitution.”
  • Insert special characters in Google Docs using “Alt code shortcuts”?

How to insert special characters in Google Docs using the “Special Characters” menu?

Follow the below steps to insert special characters in Google Docs.

1. Open Google Docs and sign into your account.

2. Open the existing document or a new blank document in which you want to insert special characters in Google Docs.

3. Navigate to the menu bar and click “Insert” > “Special Characters.”, Check out the screenshot below.

google docs symbols shortcuts

4. A window pops up that has a table of various symbols. You can choose the desired special character from the table. See the screenshot below for your reference.

google docs symbol shortcuts

Note: You can choose from the symbols or arrows based on your requirements. In the search bar, relevant symbols will be displayed.

How to insert special characters in Google Docs with keyboard

You can also open the “special characters window” using Google Docs special characters shortcut and then insert your desired special characters in Google Docs.

  • To do so, on your Windows, press “ Alt + I + C ” on your keyboard.
  • If you use Google Docs on a Mac, press “Ctrl + Option + I + C”.

How to insert special characters in Google Docs if “unable to locate a certain character”?

If you cannot locate the special character with the filter menus or search box, you can search for it by drawing it instead. Follow the steps below to insert special characters in Google Docs if you cannot locate a certain character.

1. Open the Google Docs document in which you want to insert a special character.

2. Navigate to the menu bar, click “Insert,” then select special characters from the list. Check out the screenshot below.

google docs special characters shortcut

3. Draw a rough sketch of the desired character in the blank box under the search bar. This will automatically filter the characters that closely match what you’ve drawn in the special characters window. See below screenshot below.

unicode in google docs

In this way, you can insert special characters in Google Docs.

How to insert special characters in Google Docs using “Unicode Value”?

Sometimes, you might want to insert a character often but are tired of performing a rough sketch every time. You can use the “Unicode value” to insert a special character in Google Docs. To avoid the hassle of repeatedly searching for or drawing a special character, follow the below steps.

1. On your Google Docs document, click Insert > Special characters. See the screenshot.

how to use unicode in google docs

2. Once you filter the special character that you use more often, place the cursor over it. You can see the Unicode value in the format “U+xxxx” below the character. Copy that Unicode value and paste it into the search bar when needed. Check out the screenshot below.

special characters google docs

Note: You can use the number omitting ‘U +’ for faster results.

This way, you can insert special characters you use more often.

How to insert special characters in Google Docs using “Automatic Substitution”?

One more easy way to insert special characters in Google Docs is the “Automatic Substitution method.” This quick method requires a bit of work to set up. Below are the steps to insert special characters in Google Docs using the “Automatic Substitution method.”

1. In your Google Docs document, click “Insert” > “Special characters.”

2. From the list, insert the desired special character as you would normally do and copy that special character (press Ctrl + C or Cmd + C combo) to your clipboard.

3. Now navigate to the menu bar and click “Tools” > “Preferences”

google docs insert special character

4. On the “Substitution” tab, insert a single character or a combo of characters into the Replace box. This character or set of characters will be substituted by the special character whenever you type them into a document. Check out the screenshot below.

google doc symbols

5. Paste the special character (press Ctrl + V in Windows or Cmd + V combo in Mac) into the “With” box.

This way, when you type the character and hit Space, the special character will be inserted.

How to insert special characters in Google Docs using “Alt code shortcuts”?

Google Docs also allows a special way to insert special characters using “Alt code shortcuts.” Here’s how to insert special characters in Google Docs using “Alt code shortcuts.”

  • You can insert most of the special characters for Windows by holding down the “Alt” key while punching a code into the number pad. For example, hold Alt down and type the code, such as 248, the degree symbol.
  • Use the Option or Option + Shift keys with various alphanumeric keys to insert special characters on Mac. For example, press Option + G to press the copyright symbol.

Well, this is all about Special Characters Google Docs.

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