I was thinking about the speed that full use of shortcuts brought to ChemDraw in Monday’s video, and decided to explore Microsoft Word a little. I already use the subscript/superscript hotkeys (Ctrl+[-] and Ctrl+Shift+[-], respectively), but every time I want to insert a Greek letter I go through a song and dance with the symbol dialogue.
However, underneath every symbol is a brief code that calls it up. As an example, type in 203D and press Alt+x for an interrobang‽ Below are some of the more useful symbols I came across.
00B5 µ 0181 OR 03BC μ
00B0 ° or Alt plus 0176
2013 – or Ctrl and Num- keys (En dash)
2014 — or Ctrl, Alt and Num- keys
2020 † or Alt plus 0134
2021 ‡ or Alt plus 0135
00B1 ± or Alt plus 0177
Alt+[+] – Instant insert equation dialogue.
If that wasn’t cool enough, from this reddit thread:
File → Options → Proofing → Autocorrect Options → Enable Math Autocorrect
This opens up autocorrect options useful for chemists/researchers. \alpha now inserts α, \degree does what you’d expect, and there’s hundreds more. Custom autocorrects can be added for equilibrium arrows or whatever else ails you.