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How can I insert special characters?

asked 2015-11-03 02:51:21 +0200

mowence gravatar image

updated 2015-11-05 07:00:14 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

In the Help section, I find numerous reference to an " Insert" function, but I see no button for it and I cannot find any other way of starting that menu.

Also: the characters I need to insert are the short signs for the suits in a deck of cards - where could I possibly find those?

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Extremely valuable! Thanks a bunch. Sorry about the late confirmation.

mowence gravatar imagemowence ( 2015-11-24 03:49:31 +0200 )edit

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answered 2015-11-05 07:56:57 +0200

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Hi mowence

It is available from the menu but, after some experimentation, I am surprised how limited it is. Let's consider the standard LO-supplied option first, then move to an external suggestion, with finally a combo of (2) and LO Autocorrect.

I usually work with the font 'georgia', but that would not work under LO. The following therefore uses Arial:

libreoffice Writer 4.4.4.3 Debian-6.0

(menu):InsertSpecial Character...
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The above will do what you want under your current limited scenario, but I would not suggest it as a long-term option as it is so limited. Make use of different options:-

  1. Linux (KDE): KCharSelect
  2. Windows: charmap

The window below shows some of the vast range of symbols available within the Georgia font (page: Symbols; sub-page: Miscellaneous Symbols). None of these symbols are available under LO via the Special Character dialog.
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A similar huge range of glyphs extra to those offered by LO exist within the Arial font.
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Indeed, as these are standard Unicode characters, they can exist within any document that supports Unicode + uses a font that contains glyphs for those characters. To make the point, here is  (U+263C) to  (U+2667):

☼☽☾☿♀♁♂♃♄♅♆♇♈♉♊♋♌♍♎♏♐♑♒♓♔♕♖♗♘♙♚♛♜♝♞♟♠♡♢♣♤♥♦♧

Once you have the option to get access to any of these symbols, you can make easy access to them possible via Autocorrect:

(menu):ToolsAutocorrect Options...:
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Add your own shortcut for any particular symbol to the collection.

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I got the autocorrect to work. But I can only do it by using some crazy abbreviation the sytstem cannot make sense of; that's OK - but it only works when I have spaces around those acronyms - and that leaves me with spaces before the symbols. I don';t want that. I want them written directly after a nu number. Any ideas that could be used to do this also?

mowence gravatar imagemowence ( 2015-11-27 07:46:30 +0200 )edit
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answered 2015-11-04 03:37:41 +0200

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insert button, special characters. arial, liberation & PT among others include the playing card symbols but will require changing colors from black if desired. I use these extensively for Bridge documentation. good luck. keng

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Very helpful - thanks - I apologize for the late confirmation.

mowence gravatar imagemowence ( 2015-11-24 03:48:28 +0200 )edit

My use is the same. Is there any way of changing the font color to red for hearts and diamond, automatically?

mowence gravatar imagemowence ( 2015-11-27 07:44:29 +0200 )edit
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