Unlike LaTeX, MS Word lacks the mechanism to input various special symbols. One of the important mechanisms for inserting symbols is via Dingbat fonts such as Wingdings. These fonts map ASCII characters into glyphs. Another, in my opinion, more reliable way of doing so is by inserting UNICODE symbols.
There are two ways to insert such symbols. First, you can use
X and edit the Hexadecimal code. Alternatively, use can type in the Decimal code on the numeric keypad (with NUM LOCK on) while holding the
Alt key. Detailed explanation can be found on the Microsoft supporting website.
However, as for other Microsoft Office components such as PowerPoint and Excel, the Hax code does not work. You can still use the Dec code.
Here is a collection of most used symbols and their encodings.
|Symbol||Hex Code||Dec Code||Note|
|–||2013||8211||En dash, LaTeX
|—||2014||8212||Em dash, LaTeX
|−||2212||8722||Minus sign *|
|✗||2717||10007||Ballot cross mark|