When you're working on a document in a word-processing or page layout program, oftentimes you'll need to insert special characters such as copyright symbols, trademarks, bullets, accented letters and other symbols that are not available via a standard keyboard.
Microsoft Word, OpenOffice Writer, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, and other programs offer a means of inserting these non-keyboard characters; however, the process is fairly laborious and time-consuming. For example, in Microsoft Word, you must open the Insert tab, select Symbol, search for and select the character you need, then click Insert again. Some software, such as Word, will maintain a top-level quick-access list of symbols you use frequently, but you are still required to access the list from the Insert tab.
Fortunately, there are a number of shortcut methods for inserting special characters that save time and allow you to continue working with much less interruption.