You can add music symbols to a Microsoft Word document using the program’s extensive symbol library. In this library, you will find various symbols for creating musical notation, including notes, instructional symbols and accents. You can use these symbols for a broad range of music-related tasks, from creating sheet music to composing and writing scores for various instruments. You can use these symbols in booklets, pamphlets, web pages and other types of documents created in Word.
- Skill level:
Open a document in Microsoft Word.
Click “Insert” and select “Symbol.” Click “More Symbols” if you are using Word 2007. The symbol menu will open.
Open the subset pull-down menu and select “Block Elements.” In this section, you will find various music symbols, including whole notes, single notes, double notes, clefs and accidentals (sharps and flats).
Open the subset pull-down menu and select “Combining Diacritical Marks.” In this section you will find various accent symbols, such as marcato, tenuto and staccato.
Open the subset pull-down menu and select “General Punctuation.” In this section you will find various instructional symbols, such as natural clef, rest, pause (caesura), crescendo, breath and cut time (alla breve).
Click on the music symbol you want to use and click “Insert.”
Tips and warnings
- You can also add notes to a Word document using these keyboard shortcuts:
- Press and hold the “Alt” key. Type “13” on the keyboard number pad to make a single note (?).
- Press and hold the “Alt” key. Type “14” on the keyboard number pad to make a clef (?).
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