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You often see people using -> as an arrow, but I hate how it looks. I always use the symbol. However, I always have to insert < symbol to use this, which is annoying.

Is there anyway (shortcut) to insert this symbol in Word (2013)?

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Other than --> ? – Terry Jan 16 '14 at 12:18
@djerry I didn't know that that even existed! Thanks! – Bram Vanroy Jan 16 '14 at 12:19
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You could try just using the ASCII notation of these characters:

left alt + 26 for →

left alt + 27 for ←

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People who type -> probably don't know that if you type --> you get the default arrow in Word.

If you actually want --> to be shown in Word, you can type --> and press backspace, which will undo the automatical conversion to the arrow image.

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↑   ALT+24  Upwards arrow
↓   ALT+25  Downwards arrow
→   ALT+26  Rightwards arrow
←   ALT+27  Leftwards arrow
↔   ALT+29  Left right arrow
▲   ALT+30  Upwards filled arrow
▼   ALT+31  Downwards filled arrow
►   ALT+16  Rightwards filled arrow
◄   ALT+17  Leftwards filled arrow
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This is probably only relevant in a few cases, but I'll still write it. It did help me. It's a three-step method that can be performed without leaving the keyboard.

  1. Both in OneNote 2013 and Word 2013, the equation mode can be started with <ALT> + =.
  2. In there, you can write arrows with a code word like \rightarrow, \leftarrow or \uparrow. Pressing space after typing the code word automatically transforms it into the desired arrow.
  3. Leave the equation mode again with <ALT> + =.
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