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How do I create special characters in ChemDraw, like a degree sign, Greek letters, etc.?


The latest version of ChemDraw installs a Character Map that can be accessed from the View menu.

Version 7 installed a Special Characters template containing the most commonly used special symbols. You can access this template from the Template tool on the chemDraw toolbar.

If you are using a version of ChemDraw prior to 7:

Windows users:

For all special symbols you can use a program that comes with Windows called Character Map. Depending on the font you have selected, the Character Map will display various symbols, which you can copy and paste. It will also display the keystroke shortcut for a selected symbol.

For the degree symbol:

  1. Make sure the Num Lock key is pressed on your keypad
  2. Hold down the ALT key
  3. On the keypad, type the four numbers 0,1,7,6 in succession
  4. Release the ALT key

Mac users:

Your system software should include Key Caps, which if installed is located in your Apple menu. This program shows that different combinations of the shift, control, and option buttons will produce special characters within the font selected. For example, the degree sign is normally Shift-Option-8.

Created on: 2/20/2004