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My method of inserting symbols into drawing notes
I read a recent comment in the Onshape drawing discussion area, where the writer asked how another user inserted the surface finish symbol.
I thought I’d share the method I use to insert symbols, such as Greek and Mathematical, into my drawings. I have been doing this for years in Solidworks, because the standard Solidworks Symbol Library is somewhat limited.
I created a Word Document and inserted all my commonly used symbols. When I am drafting, I always keep this document open. If I need to insert a symbol, I simply switch to the open document, select and copy the symbol, then paste it into the drawing Note Text Box where I need it.
At any time, I can add to the document, any new unusual symbols. The symbol document grows with my needs.
I have attached copies of my current symbol document in .docx format. For those using Open Office, I tried to attach a copy in .odt format but was "not allowed".
Note that Notepad does not support some of the symbols, so don’t waste your time converting to a .txt format. Same for .pdf files.
I use a laptop for most of my CAD/CAM activities and, for some reason, laptop keyboards do not support, like PCs, the insertion of “Alt xxx” inputs. So I was forced to adopt this strategy.
I hope this idea is of use to others.