help question on Word


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Norvin Gordon

I am trying to figure out to put some stars in a document such as
a "3 star rating" but showing the 3 stars. I seem to remember some
place that had the process where I could hold my alt key and hit a
couple of keys and end up with a character not on the keyboard. Are
there any suggestions, TIA
 
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Tim Meddick

Just to add to what "Elmo" has said; you may find using the XP utility ;
"Character Map" quite helpful....

You will [should] find it on your Start Menu under "Accessories", or,
otherwise just type "charmap.exe" into the "Run" box on the Start Menu...

In the "Character Map" utility, you can, just as in Word, select any font
from the drop-down list (Wingdings, in this case) and then use the "copy"
button to post any given character to the Window's clip board, ready to
paste where you want....

(charmap screenshot)
http://twitpic.com/7j939v

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Cheers, Tim Meddick, Peckham, London. :)




I am trying to figure out to put some stars in a document such as
a "3 star rating" but showing the 3 stars. I seem to remember some
place that had the process where I could hold my alt key and hit a
couple of keys and end up with a character not on the keyboard. Are
there any suggestions, TIA
Just a few thoughts:

Under the Wingdings font, 0xAB gives you a star. In most fonts, the
character looks like this: « . I believe Alt/0171 should give you that
character; then change the font to Wingdings to see the star.

With Word and other word processing programs, you could use Character
Map to copy the character from Wingdings to the clipboard, then paste it
to a document, and save the document. Copy from that document to other
documents as needed. Maybe add other unique characters to the file
also. I've done that in the past with club, Diamond, Heart and Spade
when writing about bridge hands, etc.

Clipboard Magic converts the character to its font, and the wrong
character. But other programs might keep it in its Wingding font.
Paste form a similar program, and once again, change the font for the
one character.
 
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J. P. Gilliver (John)

Tim Meddick said:
Just to add to what "Elmo" has said; you may find using the XP utility
; "Character Map" quite helpful....

You will [should] find it on your Start Menu under "Accessories", or,
otherwise just type "charmap.exe" into the "Run" box on the Start
Menu...

In the "Character Map" utility, you can, just as in Word, select any
font from the drop-down list (Wingdings, in this case) and then use the
"copy" button to post any given character to the Window's clip board,
ready to paste where you want....

(charmap screenshot)
http://twitpic.com/7j939v
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Furthermore - if you are willing to accept a different star, then R
(capital R), when converted to Wingdings, might be easier. ("R" for
ratings?) You could always use it and do a global change to character AB
(or B5) later.

I find a lot of the Wingding equivalents to typeable characters handy -
especially J, K, and L (-:. A conversion chart might be worth making.

(Being able to use ones that correspond to typeable characters is handy
if using a netbook/notebook without a numeric pad, on which entering
Alt+code ones is a wright payne.)
 
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Norvin Gordon

Norvin said:
I am trying to figure out to put some stars in a document such as
a "3 star rating" but showing the 3 stars. I seem to remember some
place that had the process where I could hold my alt key and hit a
couple of keys and end up with a character not on the keyboard. Are
there any suggestions, TIA
Thanks to all for your suggestions
 

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