(Legacy) InDesign CS3: Inserting Special Characters

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This article is based on legacy software.

When working with InDesign CS3, you may want to insert a special character such as a copyright symbol or a non-breaking space into a line of text. InDesign also allows you to control line and page breaks.

Inserting a Special Character

Common special characters include copyright or trademark symbols. In addition to these characters, InDesign also allows you to insert characters used for adjusting layouts, such as column breaks and different space lengths.

  1. From the Toolbox, select the Type Tool.type tool

  2. Select the desired insertion point for the special character.
    NOTE: For information on creating a text frame, refer to Adding Text.

  3. From the Type menu, select Insert Special Character » the desired category » the desired character.
    The character appears in the text.

Inserting a Non-breaking Space

A non-breaking space appears like another space, but it guarantees that the words it separates will always remain on the same line (i.e., they will not break).

  1. From the Toolbox, select the Type Tool.type tool

  2. Select the desired insertion point for the non-breaking space.

  3. From the Type menu, select Insert White Space » Non-breaking Space.
    The space appears in the line of text.

Inserting Glyphs

When working with foreign names or phrases, you may need to add an accented "e." Glyphs allow you to do so.

  1. From the Toolbox, select the Type Tool.type tool

  2. Select the desired insertion point for the glyph.

  3. From the Type menu, select Glyphs.
    The Glyphs palette appears. 
    glyphs palette

  4. Locate the desired character.
    HINT: To view more specific characters, from the Show pull-down list, select the desired category.

  5. Double click the character.
    The character is inserted.

  6. Close the Glyphs palette.

Inserting a Break Character

Controlling line and page breaks allows you to have more control over the look of your document.

  1. From the Toolbox, select the Type Tool.type tool

  2. Select the desired insertion point for the break.

  3. From the Type menu, select Insert Break Character » the desired break character.
    The break appears in the text.