How to Shortcut a Symbol in OneNote

By John Smith

Microsoft Office has several different software programs to increase productivity. The OneNote program serves as a comprehensive computer based folder system that organizes information such as documents, notes, Web links and multimedia. The program starts off with blank pages that you can paste things on and use to type out text. There are several shortcuts already saved into the OneNote text system that allow you to press a combination of buttons to get a key or symbol not available on a standard keyboard. Not every symbol is represented, but you can create your own shortcuts using the AutoCorrect tool.

Step 1

Open OneNote and click "Insert" on the menu bar and select "Symbol."

Step 2

Highlight the symbol you want to create a shortcut for and click "Insert" on the bottom right corner of the Symbol menu. The selected symbol will now appear in OneNote where your pointer is set. Click "Close" to close the symbol menu.

Step 3

Use the left mouse button to highlight the inserted symbol and press "CTRL+C" to copy it. You can also right-click on the highlighted symbol and select "Copy" from the pop-up menu.

Step 4

Click "Tools" on the menu bar and select "AutoCorrect Options."

Step 5

Type out the shortcut you want to use to represent the symbol in the "Replace" box. You cannot use modifier keys like CTRL or SHIFT, but you can use any combination of keys on your keyboard.

Step 6

Paste the symbol you copied earlier in the "With" box. Click "Add" to add the shortcut and then click "OK" to close the box. Note that the AutoCorrect function is sensitive to spaces and capitalized letters. For example, say you want to create a shortcut for a left arrow symbol. You would type something like "LARROW" in the "Replace" box and then paste "←" in the "With" box.