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Superscripted Registered Trademark Symbol

Harvey noticed that when he is typing along in Word, he can create a registered trademark symbol (circled R) by typing (r). It is AutoCorrect that takes care of this change, but the resulting symbol is not superscripted as Harvey wants it to be.

You can easily correct this problem by simply changing the AutoCorrect entry to a formatted entry. Follow these steps:

  1. Highlight the registered trademark symbol that results when you type (r).
  2. Press Ctrl+Shift++ (that's Ctrl, Shift, and the plus sign). The symbol is superscripted, and it should still be selected.
  3. Choose AutoCorrect Options from the Tools menu. Word displays the AutoCorrect tab of the AutoCorrect dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The AutoCorrect tab of the AutoCorrect dialog box.

  5. In the Replace box, type (r). The With box should already be filled in with the registered trademark symbol if you had it selected in step 1.
  6. Make sure the Formatted Text option is selected.
  7. Click Replace. Word asks you if you want to replace the existing AutoCorrect definition.
  8. Click Yes. The old definition is replaced.
  9. Click OK to close the dialog box.

Now, when you type (r), the characters will be replaced with a superscripted registered trademark symbol.

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GeordieLad    06 Jun 2016, 12:02
Ref <harsh> comment:

Possibly that combination achieves the required symbol in ALL previous versions of Word. It certainly works for me in Word 2000.
harsh    05 Jun 2016, 13:51
alt+ ctrl + R is the shortcut for Registered trademark in Word 2016.
Jabir Mansuri    11 Mar 2016, 00:15
Mr. Michael & Mr. (CA) Shyamal Mitra: With due respect to acknowledge IPR pattern, and Inventors. I tried for encircling R; first Left parenthesis, then R and finally typed right parenthesis, and it works with control superscript symbol. I support the drive of Acknowledging pattern, mutually acceptable to every stake-holders. Thanks
CA. Shyamal Mitra    14 Sep 2015, 13:28
Dear Mr. Wyatt! Good Morning!

I am a practicing Chartered Accountant (equivalent to a CPA from the USA)and have recently upgraded from Office 2003 to Office 2007.

I had no problem with Word 2003 in typing superscripts such as (c) and (R)to trade marks and trade words in my text because each time I entered the letters in parenthesis the program automatically changed the matter into an encircled superscript.

With Word 2007 I find this hard to do! The Word 2007 is a different kettle of fish altogether. I found your website from a Google search on this issue and after registering I felt a great interest in buying your e-book "Word Tips" for about 27 US Dollars(translating to about 485 Indian Rupees) with the use of my international VISA Credit Card, online.

But before doing that I tried to follow your suggested steps illustrated on this web page. I am sorry and afraid to tell you that I could neither find the Tools option from my Word top Menu and nor the Auto Correct Option dialog box.

I may appear to over tax your busy time, but nevertheless I must request you to send me a helpline on my mailbox and earn my gratitude.

With thanks and regards.

CA. Shyamal Mitra
New Delhi - India.
Michael    04 Nov 2014, 02:22
I mean no disrespect, but this is absolutely ridiculous and typical of Microsoft. Jump through six hoops, tick off all these boxes, and we'll give you, by accident, access to one of the most common symbols in the Western world. Until fairly recently, intellectual copyright was the largest single export financially for the USA, and Word doesn't have a quick and easy way to get at the Registered Trademark symbol?????I'll find something simple and pass it along. Good grief.
LaVerne    02 May 2012, 11:56
Great tip and so easy to use. Very helpful!

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