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Tips and Tricks - Word

Create a Slashed Zero Character

Sometimes it's difficult to tell a capital O from the Zero (0) character, especially when the text is a mixture of alpha and numeric characters.  To distinguish between the two, create a slashed zero character.

  1. On the Insert menu, click Field.
  2. In the Field Names box, click Eq.
  3. Click Field codes (toward the bottom of that dialog box).
    Note  Don't click Equation Editor or you will be lost forever.
  4. In the Field Codes box, type EQ \o(0,/).
    You can copy and paste that from here.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Now, select the slashed zero, right-click it, and then click Toggle Field Codes.
  7. Remove the extra space after the right parenthesis.
  8. Right-click, and then click Toggle Field Codes.

If you'd like, create an AutoCorrect entry that will let you type in something that stands for the slashed zero and have the actual, slashed zero appear (without having to go through all that you did above).

To create an AutoCorrect entry for a slashed zero
  1. Insert then select the slashed zero in your document.
  2. On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect Options.
  3. In the Replace box, type a keystroke combination that can be your shorthand way of telling Word to create a slashed zero. An example is *0.
  4. Click OK.