I do your presentation props — PowerPoint slides and templates
Quite a multitude of ways to insert symbols in PowerPoint. Choose a method you like and fall back on the others when in doubt. I’ll tell you right away, the last method is the fastest and most efficient. The one I use.
Below is a screen grab of the Symbols icon on the PowerPoint interface, buried in submenus.
Now wasn’t that tedious! A bit faster next time, if you need the same symbol, as it will appear in the bottom list of recently used symbols.
A second way to insert symbols is by pulling-up the character map from your PC’s system menu. The Character Map is located in the
Start Menu / All Programs / Accessories / System Tools / Character Map
That’s already way too many clicks, five, and we haven’t even found the symbol we need. If you like the Character Map utility, drag a shortcut to your start menu, it will shorten that path.
Here we go for the second method:
That was 23 clicks to insert a tiny symbol. Ridiculous. Worse than method 1, above.
My favourite method to insert symbols. It requires a bit of memory. Or else a cheat sheet pinned somewhere close by.
If you look at the screen-grab above, the Character Map window, have a look at the bottom Advanced View area. It lists the ALT-key combinations you can use to accomplish your insert-symbol task, much more quickly. Way in the bottom right corner it says that the keystroke for the Euro symbol is ALT-0128. I’ve circled it.
Here we go for method 3:
That was 5 keystrokes! A winner method for me.
Here are the keystrokes I’ve memorize and use daily:
Alt 0150 for the en dash – a dash as long as the letter “n” –
Alt 0151 for the em dash — a dash as long as the letter “m” —
There are many lists on the web showing you all of theses codes. Google “ASCII table” or ASCII list” and you’ll certainly find a site easier to use than the Character Map.Here’s one for Alt Key Combos http://www.forlang.wsu.edu/help/keyboards.asp