If you are a math teacher, you know the pain of entering math symbols in Microsoft Word. There is an easy way to enter hundreds of math symbols by enabling Word’s AutoCorrect feature. Here are the steps:
- Go to File menu.
- Go to Options.
- Click on Proofing.
- You see the AutoCorrect Options button. Click it.
- Then check the option “Use Math AutoCorrect rules outside of math regions to enable these shortcuts everywhere.”
- If you have the “Replace text as you type” option enabled, you will be able to now use any of the shortcuts built-in to insert mathematical symbols as you type in Word.
For example, to insert an angel symbol , you will type in
and you will see the symbol on your screen.This is faster than finding the symbol on the internet and using the good ol’ copy and paste or using the ALT codes.
Additionally, you can add your own symbol if you don’t see the one you needs. You just type in some text in the Replace box and a symbol in the With field.
As a teacher, I use Microsoft Office applications for various purposes. If I can use shortcuts to save me a few seconds here and there, they add up. Microsoft add-ins are a great way to save time.
The add-ins plugs into Office and provide additional features not found in the default installation. You usually access them via the added Ribbon tab. There are two add-ins I use on a regular basis.
One is the popular ASAP Utilties. It adds over 300 features and shortcuts. For example, one function coverts unrecognized numbers (?text) to actual numbers.
This add-in is free for home and student users and works with Excel 2000 (!) and above.
The second add-in is the Office Tabs. This adds tabbed editing and browsing of the open documents (workbooks and presentations). One downside to Office 2013 is that it does not supported tabbed view. That means when you open multiple workbooks in Excel, for example, they each show up in a different taskbar button at the bottom of the screen. Windows sometimes consolidates all the buttons as one button so you have to manually hover over the consolidated button and find the workbook you need to switch over. Install this add-in and managing multiple open workbooks because a breeze. Other features include saving all open files with one click, renaming files, and closing documents. Take a look at the web site for more features.