How to Make a Star in Text

Written by paul kemp
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How to Make a Star in Text
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It is possible to insert a wide variety of symbols, such as stars, into your text documents. Some symbols have simple keyboard shortcuts you can execute to include them in a text document or field. For those that do not, you can use your operating system's special-characters tool to insert the symbol. Though some programs have their own methods for inserting special characters, using the character tools provided by Windows or Mac OS X will ensure that you can insert your star symbol into text in any program.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wingdings font

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    In Windows

  1. 1

    Position your cursor on the portion of your text where you want the star to appear.

  2. 2

    Choose "Start," then "Run" from the menu at the bottom of your screen.

  3. 3

    Type "charmap" in the "Open" field.

  4. 4

    Set the "Font" drop-down menu to "Wingdings" and locate the star you want to insert into your text. Click on it and click the "Select" button at the lower-right portion of the character map. Click "Copy" and return to the program you want your star to appear in. Select "Edit," then "Paste." Your text star will appear where you set your cursor.

    In Mac OS X

  1. 1

    Place your cursor where you wish your star to be located in your text.

  2. 2

    Open the "Finder" from your dock and select "Edit," then "Special Characters."

  3. 3

    Return to the program you want to insert your text star into. Make sure the "By Category" tab is highlighted in the "Characters" dialogue box. Select "Stars/Asterisks" from the left-hand column. Double-click on the star you want to place in your text. It will appear in the program you are typing in.

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