Often in legal documents, you need to insert special characters not found on the keyboard, like paragraph symbols (¶) or section symbols (§). Here’s how to do that:
- Go to Insert, Symbol.
- Find the symbol you need to insert, and click Insert.
And there’s your symbol.
But, hey, if you’ve got to do this repeatedly, it gets old, right? Here’s another trick: you can assign that symbol to a keyboard shortcut you can use while typing.
Pick a key combination (say, ALT-P) and press it. If Word already has it assigned to another function, it will tell you. If that prior function isn’t something you want to use a hot-key for, you can override that and re-assign this symbol to that key. Or, you can pick another key combination (CNTL-SHIFT-P, for example).
Once you have the right hot-key assigned, click Assign, then Close, then Close again when you reach the Symbol dialog box. From now on, you can use your hot-key to insert the symbol in your documents without going through the menu system to do it!