A reader asked about the difference between a minus symbol and an N-dash (thanks Tem). I had to do a bit of homework on this.
Unicode (the standard for electronically encoding text information) has separate codes for the minus sign, hyphen and N-dash.
In Microsoft word 2013, word 2016, word 2019 you can use keyboard shortcut keys ALT + 0177 or ALT + 241 to add the symbol. This is the simplest and easiest way to add plus or minus symbol in Word with. Note 1: Shortcuts shown below and mentioned elsewhere in the documentation are based on a US English QWERTY keyboard. Most of the shortcuts are the same for other keyboards, but in some cases.
Below you can compare…
To look closely at the differences, use ‘Ctrl’ and spin your mouse wheel to zoom in/out on most browsers, or just zoom in with your fingers on a tablet.
Minus Symbol In Word For Mac
If you want to insert a ‘proper’ minus sign in Word, here’s how:
Go to ‘insert’ / ‘symbol’ / ‘more symbols’. Elan pointing device driver windows 10 lenovo. This opens a tool showing all of the characters for every font on your computer. It would be very hard to pick the right symbol from the map, but in the field ‘character code’ you can enter a code that finds the right one…
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Only an obsessive typography freak could tell whether you used a minus sign or an N-dash. Here’s how: The minus sign is slightly thinner and has a sliver of space between itself and the adjacent characters.
Please note: These characters are rendered very differently on different devices. I’ve viewed this page on some tablets where, in the table above, the symbols all look the same. Very disappointing. On my PC in Chrome or Firefox, the minus sign looks a wee bit shorter than the n-dash. But in the WordPress editor the minus sign looks 50% longer than the n-dash! This probably illustrates software inconsistencies – which might suggest it is pointless to obsess about the pixel-level differences between the various options for Unicode minus signs.
Can I use a hyphen as a minus sign?
Sure, but it isn’t ideal. Note that the hyphen is a bit lower-down on the line of text than the minus sign and the dashes, plus it is very short – it looks too low and too small when used in mathematical expressions.
More information about dashes:
How to insert squared or any other specific symbol on Mac computer?
Even simple operations on a computer can sometimes be frustrating. For example: you may be typing an email and wish to use the squared symbol that you cannot find on the keyboard or within the editor. This particular example is a frequent problem that many people encounter. As it is not a significant issue, there is actually little information on how to find this elusive symbol.
Rather than having to browse through various forums and websites, we describe in this simple guide how to use the keyboard to type special characters.
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How to insert various symbols
To begin, we will learn how to insert miscellaneous symbols on a Mac computer through most applications. Some apps include their own editors with an insert symbol function, however, these might not have the symbol you are seeking. As a solution, you can access the Mac OS default symbol list by simply clicking the Control, Command, and Spacebar combination. This shortcut will launch a Character viewer, which includes many different symbols (including the squared symbol). The squared symbol is under the 'Digits - All' section. If you cannot find this category in left sidebar, click the Gear icon to enable it.
How to insert squared symbol in Pages app
Plus Or Minus Symbol Shortcut
In the Pages app, it is easy to access the squared symbol. Enter the number and followed by the '2' digit. For example, 452. Then highlight the '2' by dragging over it, or holding down shift and pressing the arrow left. Click Format in the menu at top of the screen, select Font, and then choose Baseline. Locate Superscript, which changes the '2' into a squared symbol. Beneath Superscript, the Subscript option allows you to enter logarithms.
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How to insert squared symbol in Mail app
To enter specific symbols in Messages or Mail applications, the method is similar to that used for the Pages app. Type the text or number, and then add an additional digit '2'. Highlight the '2', click Edit in the menu at the top of the screen and look for Emojis & Symbols (or Special Characters for earlier Mac OS versions). This will open the same Character Viewer window as in the shortcut described above (the shortcut also works here).