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Inserting a Section Mark

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 5, 2021)

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In legal and scholarly documents, it is sometimes necessary to use a character commonly known as a section mark. This character looks like a stylized S with a small circle in the middle of it. This character is not available from the keyboard, but can be inserted in a document in two ways. The first is to hold down the Alt key and type the numbers 0167 on the numeric keypad. The second method involves these steps:

  1. Choose Symbol from the Insert menu. Word displays the Symbol dialog box.
  2. Click on the Special Characters tab. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Special Characters tab of the Symbol dialog box.

  4. Choose Section from the list of characters.
  5. Click on Insert. The symbol appears in your document at the insertion point.
  6. Click on Close.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2020-05-17 02:26:42

LawCuts

In addition to Alt + 0167 (or Alt + 21, as Lilli mentioned in the comments), you can also type a § with Unicode when in Microsoft Word: type 00a7, then Alt + X. The "00a7" will disappear and be replaced with a "§".

Another option for PC users is to use a service like LawCuts, which allows you to use the same, easy-to-remember shortcuts in any application. So, rather than remembering alt codes or Unicode, you can simply type "Ctrl + Alt + S" (in Word, Outlook, your browser, etc.). This program is available at www.lawcuts.com.

(see Figure 1 below)

Figure 1. 


2016-05-05 15:39:36

Lilli Hausenfluck

There's a third way: You can create the section symbol with Alt+21. This works with the 10-key number pad on a keyboard but not with the numbers above the letters.


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