All The Ways You Can Add Special Characters In Google Drive

Need to type a special character (such as a symbol or something from a non-Latin alphabet) in a Google Drive document? Turns out there are several ways to do that.

Google Operating System notes that a recent update to the special characters dialog means you now have multiple options. After selecting Insert then Special characters (or typing Alt-Shift-I then C) you have these options:

  • Scroll through a list of characters sorted into groups and click the one you want. (This is also the approach used by Microsoft Word.)
  • Search for a symbol by entering either its name or its Unicode number.
  • Draw a picture of the character you want and see if Google can identify it.

The search option felt slow when I used it, but having a range of methods is helpful.

Special Characters Search Engine in Google Drive [Google Operating System]

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