A triangle icon is a tool that appears in the insert symbol tab in a word processing tool. It occurs to be either facing up (vertical triangles), facing down, facing left and facing right, ▲, ▼, ► and◄ respectively. The icon is normally used among users to represent a variable change or change of magnitude within a set of parameters. Normally, setting up the triangle in word, either in a Mac or Windows computer, constitutes two processes. First, the user navigates to the insert symbol dialog box and navigate to trace the symbol itself, as shown below.
The second approach specifically for windows-based computers is navigating the Character Map application by searching in the start menu and looking through the library of symbols to navigate the triangle symbol. Moreover, one can use the search dialog under the advanced view and type ‘increment’ in which the triangle icon should appear. Finally, using the copy command on the dialog, the user can copy and paste the icon to the word document.
Clearly basing our approach on the above two methods can be strenuous and time-consuming; thus, the need to familiarize with keyboard shortcuts is essential. Ideally, both the Mac and Windows-based computers have the own unique keyboard combinations, but both have the same purpose.
The shortcuts established can be used for other word office products including Excel, PowerPoint as well as Publisher, and on the Mac, it will work for basic text editing applications such as typing emails, notes, keynote, and pages
The main key that comes to play for windows is the alt key, while for Mac, it’s the option(alt) key, where both have two. The Alt key can be one of the most underused keys on a computer keyboard by average users.
Moreover, alt codes are employed to supplement this alt key in order to insert these Unicode symbols and special characters.
Using the Triangle Symbol Alt Code for Windows Only Computers
The triangle symbol does not have a dedicated keyboard shortcut but can be achieved by employing its alt code. This shortcut can be achieved from the numeric keypads or on laptops by activating the hidden keyboard using the function key and alt key combination.
All the four types of triangles have their unique alt key codes whereby:
To achieve this;
- The insertion pointer cursor is placed where the required triangle symbol is to be placed.
- Press and hold either the left or right alt keys on the keyboard
- With the key held down, input the desired alt code from the numeric keypad.
- Release the alt key after typing the alt code, and the symbol will be inserted into the document.
Alternatively, for word special characters have the unique four-digit code (Hex Code) shortcut. For a triangle, the code is 2206, and to achieve insertion using this method is as follows:
- Place the insertion pointer at the desired point of placing the triangle
- Type the code: 2206
- Highlight the code using the mouse cursor or keyboard selection shortcut keys (shift + relevant direction arrow)
- With the code highlighted, press the combination ALT + X in which a triangle symbol will be inserted
Using the Triangle Symbol Alt Code for Mac Only Computers
Although characterized by different key combinations, the triangle symbol in Mac computers is a Math symbol representing increment, the only downside for Mac computers is they only offer vertical triangles (▲) in the keyboard shortcut options, unlike the windows which have alt codes for all left, right and downward facing triangles (►, ◄, and ▼ respectively).
Therefore, for Mac users to shortcut for the triangle is option+J i.e.
To achieve this;
- Place the insertion pointers cursor in a desired paragraph or line in which the triangle increment would be placed.
- Press the combo of keys, starting with Option followed by J instantaneously in which the symbol will be inserted
Another method for the Mac is using the character viewer App whereby the users press “Control + Command + space” to open it. Secondly, using the search box, we can search for the triangle and visually filter it out to establish the required triangle, after which it can be copy and pasted.
The above article establishes faster and more time-saving ways of inputting special characters in word documents for both Mac and Windows-based computers. This is HOW TO TYPE TRIANGLE SYMBOL TEXT IN WORD USING KEYBOARD SHORTCUT.
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