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Insert special characters

You can add special characters into your documents and presentations, like arrows, shapes, or accent marks. 

This feature is not available in Google Sheets. To add a special character to a spreadsheet, first add it to a document, then copy and paste it into a cell.

  1. Open a document or presentation.
  2. At the top, click Insert and then Special characters. You can use the drop-down menus to explore categories of characters, or, if you know the Unicode value for the character you’re looking for, you can enter it into the text field.
  3. To add a character to your file, click it.

You can also use your cursor to handwrite the special character you want to add. Write the character in the box on the right side of the "Insert special characters" window and choose one of the results.

See example of handwriting a special character

To handwrite a character, go to the box on the right side of the "Insert special characters" window and choose one of the results.

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