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Can I insert the musical signs for flat and sharp into a Word docu

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I don't see the flat or sharp symbols in the drop down list when I click

"insert" and then "symbol" in Word. I can't believe there isn't some menu

where they exist. Any thoughts?

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    • jbc wrote:

      > I don't see the flat or sharp symbols in the drop down list when I

      > click "insert" and then "symbol" in Word. I can't believe there

      > isn't some menu where they exist. Any thoughts?

      In the Insert > Symbol dialog, select one of the big Unicode fonts such as

      Arial Unicode or Lucida Sans Unicode. Then you'll find the musical symbols

      in the Miscellaneous Dingbats section. The character codes are 266D for a

      flat, 266E for a natural, and 266F for a sharp.

      Regards,

      Jay Freedman

      Microsoft Word MVP FAQ: http://word.mvps.org

      #1; Wed, 28 May 2008 19:59:00 GMT
    • jbc,

      Did you find the symbols referred to by Jay Freedman? I have Word 2002 and

      they are not in either the Arial Unicode or Lucida Sans Unicodein my version.

      Any clues?

      "jbc" wrote:

      > I don't see the flat or sharp symbols in the drop down list when I click

      > "insert" and then "symbol" in Word. I can't believe there isn't some menu

      > where they exist. Any thoughts?

      #2; Wed, 28 May 2008 20:00:00 GMT
    • Hmm. I had no problem in inserting a flat symbol in Word 2000. It was in

      Lucinda Sans Unicode, on the very last line (of a VERY large number of

      symbols) among 'Miscellaneous Dingbats'. It printed OK, and I saved

      the document.

      However, when I reopened it some months later, I now had a question

      mark instead of the flat! Vaguely remembering something about embedded

      fonts, I did a search in Word Help and discovered Tools-> Options->

      Save-> Embed TrueType fonts. I re-inserted the flat, set the above

      option, saved the document again and reopened it - still a question

      mark! The same happens if I additionally set 'Embed characters in use

      only'. Signs for natural, sharp, crotchet or quaver (single or beamed

      pair) also reopen as question marks. Setting the 'Embed' option BEFORE

      I insert the flat sign doesn't help either.

      When I try Arial Unicode MS, I find the flat symbol a lot earlier -

      about 10% of the way down the list, again under 'Miscellaneous

      Dingbats'. Saving, with or without the Embed option set, and

      reopening, still loses the flat symbol, except that this time I get TWO

      characters - a block symbol and an 'o acute'. (The other musical signs

      reopen as either question marks or block symbol + o grave or

      circumflex.)

      Word Help does say "Note that TrueType font vendors determine the

      licensing rights for embedding fonts. For example, some fonts can't be

      embedded, ..." so I guess that this may be happening with Lucinda and

      Arial. Any more ideas, anyone?

      =?Utf-8?B?Z2FyZGVuaW5nbGFkeQ==?= Wrote:

      > jbc,

      > Did you find the symbols referred to by Jay Freedman? I have Word 2002

      > and

      > they are not in either the Arial Unicode or Lucida Sans Unicodein my

      > version.

      > Any clues?

      ken1Posted from http://www.pcreview.co.uk/ newsgroup access

      #3; Wed, 28 May 2008 20:01:00 GMT