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.

Entering a "Slashed Zero" in Your Document

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 16, 2020)

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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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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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What is four more than 8?

2021-02-03 08:05:43

JULES LEBLANC

THIS DOES NOT WORK DO NOT USE


2021-01-29 14:48:55

Brenda Nelson

Doesnt work. Tried it about 8 times.


2020-12-22 09:04:19

Allen

Michael,

See the gray box at the top of this page. If you are using Office 365, you should "click through" to the other site which contains tips for your version. This site is for users of MUCH older versions of Word.

-Allen


2020-12-20 16:40:09

Michael

I use Office 365. Are tips stil the same as for Word 2013, for example?


2020-03-10 18:39:19

Jim

Some laptop keyboards make the f-keys available by pressing an "fn" key simultaneously. Before your instructions will work for the slashed zero character, it is necessary to remap the f-keys in the BIOS so that pressing the "fn" key isn't required.


2019-02-04 07:35:10

Tim

Cell phones and computers keyboards need to have the zero with / through it. When you are given a password or a code on line, you can't tell whether it's a zero or the letter O.


2018-03-30 02:23:32

krishnan

not a good method i was wasting my time more than one hour give some good method in details the people can understand


2017-09-06 15:33:55

Dave Williams

When I use the steps above, it creates a space when it falls after a period (between the period and the slashed 0). Is there anyway to get rid of the space?

Thanks,

Dave


2017-04-19 05:05:51

GeordieLad

Re Patricia's comment: With respect I think there's a typo; should be Alt 0216 (see Stan's comment of 2015-10-23 12:51:27). Alternatively, the same character is available from Insert > Symbols > Special Characters, about 6 lines down in most fonts.

Purists may not like this particular result because it appears as a slashed capital O rather than a slashed zero. But the only alternative would be to use the double strike technique detailed by Allen which is somewhat more involved and does, as
Suzanne S. Barnhill (2012-08-04 08:01:17) points out, insert a trailing space.


2017-04-18 17:24:19

Cliff Tanner

When I follow these instructions, I get Error!


2017-02-17 15:37:36

Patricia

Doesn't it appear that it would just be easier to type "alt 0126" to insert a zero with a slash in it? Type this without the quotes.


2016-11-21 21:05:41

Phil Epstein

The above procedure produces the slash zero ok but forces a gap between it and the next character. P.


2016-05-07 00:43:24

Chairboy48

I couldn't get this to work with o, but it did with O (capital o)


2015-10-23 12:51:27

Stan

Simply use 'Alt + 0216'


2014-10-08 14:26:53

Stephen McBride

I noticed that you cannot always use a comma. It depends on your setting. I had to use a ";" instead of a "," between the 0 and the /.
Can you put a slash through other characters? Where did you find the o? Is this referenced somewhere?


2013-11-07 05:06:20

Mauricio

Use CONSOLAS font.


2013-10-19 10:23:51

Elisa Howard

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


2013-02-23 21:45:29

Aliyadk

Thank you! This is very helpful


2012-10-10 12:43:35

Niki

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).


2012-08-04 11:46:24

AlanG

"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.


2012-08-04 09:37:09

Fred Burg

Of course, if you use this character position often, you can make it into an AutoCorrect or AutoText entry.


2012-08-04 08:01:17

Suzanne S. Barnhill

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).


2012-08-04 06:10:54

William Honey

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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