When editing documents in Word, we can sometimes insert some graphic symbols to make the content more intuitive and lively, such as arrows of various shapes and directions, to make the content more intuitive and lively. Because they cannot be typed directly into Word-like numbers and characters, I’d like to introduce three commonly used methods for inserting arrows into documents. Methods 1 and 2 can both be used in Microsoft Excel, as can the third method. Let’s take a look at it.
Insert Arrow Shape
- Open the Word (or Excel) document in your favorite word processor.
- Go to the Insert tab and click the Shape button to expand the drop-down menu options.
The arrows have different directions and there are numerous types of arrows to select from.
- Use your mouse to draw a shape of your choosing, and then drag the frame of the shape to change the size and direction of the arrow.
- In the Format (Drawing Tools) tab, you can also change the color or effect of the object.
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Insert Arrow Symbol
- Open the Microsoft Word document (or Excel file).
- Select the Insert tab, click the Symbol button on the right side of the ribbon, and then select More Symbols… from the drop-down menu.
- In the pop-up Symbol window, change the font to Wingdings and then scroll down to the bottom of the page to find a variety of arrow symbols to use. Select the one you want and press the Insert button to have it appear in your document as a hyperlink.
One of the quickest and most straightforward methods of including an arrow in your document is to simply type it in. Word will automatically replace certain strings of characters with a single arrow symbol as long as the AutoCorrect feature is turned on in the application. Typing “–>” will result in a thin black arrow pointing to the right, whereas typing “==” will result in a thicker black arrow pointing to the left, for example. You can see a list of the different types of arrows and other symbols you can use in this manner by going to “File| Options| Proofing | AutoCorrect Options.” Adding new entries to the list is also possible from this page, which can be useful if you find yourself frequently using an arrow symbol that isn’t already included in the list.
Select the “Insert” tab, then the “Symbol” button, and then “More Symbols” to expand the symbol selection. You can use this window to insert any symbol from the fonts that are already installed on your computer, including a wide variety of different arrows. You simply need to scroll through the list until you locate the arrow you want to insert, double-click it, and then click “Close.” In order to get the most out of symbol insertion, choose a font that supports a wide range of character sets, such as Arial Unicode MS, for example. The “Character Code” field allows you to skip directly to the arrow you’re looking for if you know what it is. If you don’t, you can enter it in the “Character Code” field to get there faster. The character code can be found by searching through a list of characters, which can be done using either the Character Map utility built into Windows or an online character table (see Resources).
If you require arrows that are more complex or colorful, consider using shapes. Select the “Insert” tab and then “Shapes” to see a list of available shapes, which includes a variety of arrows in various sizes and styles. To draw an arrow on your document, first, select it from the list and then click and drag it onto your document. Once you’ve finished drawing the arrow, you can customize it with a variety of colors and effects by selecting them from the “Format” tab, which is only visible while a shape is selected.
You can draw an arrow image using image editing software such as Paint, Photoshop, or GIMP if all else fails and you still are unable to achieve the desired effect. This allows you to have precise control over the appearance of your arrow. Once you’ve finished creating your arrow, save it in a format that is supported by Word, such as JPG, GIF, or PNG, and then insert it into your document using the Pictures button on the Insert tab of the Ribbon.