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ESRI Lunch Specials: Inserting special characters as text elements
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In the above image the Registered Trademark symbol is an example of a special character.
In the above image the Registered Trademark symbol is an example of a special character.

What: The text element on the bottom- and right-most corner of this map uses the registered trademark character. It is possible to insert special characters into a text string and to use text formatting tags to set that character to a superscript position. Why: However, that is more work than we wanted to do; and it required specialized knowledge. How: Instead, we copied the Registered Trademark symbol from a word processing software application and pasted into a new text element. Specifically, we pasted it into the text property of a text element, using its properties dialog.

Shows result of pasting a special character, the copyright symbol, into the text properties dialog box.

Then we positioned this one character text element relative to an extra space we inserted between the words ArcGIS and Basemap. Below see that there are two text elements selected:

In this image, note the selection boxes show that there are two elements.
In this image, note the selection boxes show that there are two elements.


Registered Trademark symbol posted by Tony Veale on Feb 21 2008 4:08PM
Surely the easiest way is to type the whole text string, and for the Registered Trademark symbol, use Alt 0174 (as seen in the Windows Character Map). Admittedly it doesn't superscript the symbol. BTW, why can't you just select ONE character in the text string, and superscript that? Is it too hard for the Text Properties editor to handle?
Good alternative suggestion posted by Charlie Frye on Feb 21 2008 4:24PM
Yes, you could do that (most of us don't have a handy reference to the character escapes, but if you do and especially if you're used to doing that, that's a good solution. You could also use the superscript text formatting tags with that. My point was that things like this don't have to be technical problems requiring lots of time and effort. My solution takes about 30 seconds. Your solution takes me several minutes. Even if I bookmarked the resources, I don't do this task that often that I'll remember what I bookmarked or what I called it--the point is that's how I work. Your suggestion is a perfectly valid alternative and will work just as fast as mine for you and anyone else who works that way. Thanks for bringing it up.

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