Adding Special Characters to Text

Reference Number: KB-00069
Last Modified: January 29, 2020

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


How can I place special characters in my text, such as the degrees (°) symbol? 


There are several ways to add special characters into your text. In this article we will cover a few of them. 

To insert special characters in Chief Architect

  1. Select CAD> Text> Rich Text Rich Text icon from the menu.

  2. Click anywhere in your plan to place the text object and open the Rich Text Specification dialog.

    You can also do this with the standard text tool, you don't need to use Rich Text.

  3. In the Rich Text Specification dialog, click the Insert Macro button.

  4. Select Global> Special Characters to expose a list of special characters available for insert.

    The special characters menu

The character will insert at your cursor's current position.

To insert special characters with the Windows Character Map

  1. On the keyboard, press Windows Key Windows key icon + R to open the Run dialog.

  2. Type in charmap and click OK.

  3. Check the box next to Advanced view.

  4. In the Search for field, type the name of the character you are looking for.

    Searching for a character in the Character map

  5. Click on the character you want to use and then click the Select button.

  6. Click the Copy button to copy the character and then paste it wherever you want to use it.

To insert special characters with the Character Viewer on macOS

  1. From the menu, select Apple> System Preferences.

    Opening system preferences

  2. From System Preferences, select Keyboard.

  3. On the Keyboard panel, put a check in the box next to Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar then close the System Preferences window.

  4. To access the Character Viewer, click the Keyboard Keyboard icon button on the menu bar and select Show Emoji & Symbols.

  5. Type the name of the character you are looking for into the search field.

  6. Once you find the character, double-click it to insert it into the open document, or text specification dialog.

    square foot entered into search box and resulting symbol displayed in Character Viewer