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Entering a "Slashed Zero" in Your Document

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Entering a "Slashed Zero" in Your Document.

For some editing purposes, you may have a need to use a "slashed zero" in your documents. You know—these are the zeros that have a slash through them. They are often used in technical documents to differentiate the zero from the capital letter O.

If you have a need to use this character, you have two choices. First, you can find a font that actually uses the slashed zero in it. If you use this character a lot, this is probably the best long-term solution. If you only need to use the character periodically, however, you can follow these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point where you want the slashed zero to appear.
  2. Press Ctrl+F9. Word inserts field braces.
  3. Type "eq \o (0,/)". (You should not include the quote marks.)
  4. Press Shift+F9. Word collapses your field and the slashed zero appears.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (544) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Entering a "Slashed Zero" in Your Document.

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Comments for this tip:

Mauricio    07 Nov 2013, 05:06
Use CONSOLAS font.
Elisa Howard    19 Oct 2013, 10:23
I got the slash0 to work in Word 2010, but it will not copy into Excel 2010 as part of an e-mail address. Will the formula work for Excel 2010?

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Elisa Howard
Aliyadk    23 Feb 2013, 21:45
Thank you! This is very helpful
Niki    10 Oct 2012, 12:43
0/ Ø appear different.
Once one has created this one can highlight it and insert it in autocorrect and assign a code to automatically create 0/ by typing eg sl0 (for sl-ash 0).
AlanG    04 Aug 2012, 11:46
"If you can find it, you can make it."

Since the hint didn't work on my Word 2010, I did what I recommend to anyone:

1. Find a slashed zero, copy it and paste it to Word.
2. Save it as an AutoCorrect with an easy substitute such as "/0" or perhaps "/0=" (slash zero equals).
3. Done. Any time you type /0, up pops your shashed zero.

AutoCorrect (AC)does almost everything usually achieved through far more complex operations, including insertion of images, standard headings and footnotes, etc. Even a slow typist can produce documents with common contents lightning fast with a large collection of ACs.
Fred Burg    04 Aug 2012, 09:37
Of course, if you use this character position often, you can make it into an AutoCorrect or AutoText entry.
Suzanne S. Barnhill    04 Aug 2012, 08:01
As noted at http://WordFAQs.mvps.org/CombineCharacters.htm, it is a peculiarity of the EQ field that it adds a space to the end of the result. This can be corrected by deleting the automatic space at the end of the field (before the closing field brace).
William Honey    04 Aug 2012, 06:10
Good day Alan, and thank you for all the tips etc. that you put in your newletter.

Re '0' with a '/' - I have tried to create the combined symbol, without success. I am use Word 2003.

Suggestions please?

Thank you

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