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Insert special characters

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

Note: This feature is not available in Google Sheets.

  1. Open your document or presentation.
  2. Click the Insert menu.
  3. Select 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 "Hex input" text field.
  4. After selecting a character, click the Insert button to add it to your document.

In a document, you can also use your cursor to handwrite the special character you want to add. Just write the character in the box on the right side of the "Insert special characters" window and choose one of the search results that appears.

See example of handwriting a special character

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