Frequently Asked Questions
Prism tip -- How can I insert a dagger or some other special character onto my graph?
FAQ# 900 Last Modified 22-May-2009
Most people use the same characters on their graphs -- diamonds, squares, stars and circles. These look great and they are the default with Prism. You are not limited to these, however. You can use almost any symbol or character on your graph. There are different ways to do it, however, for actual data point symbols or in graph titles or text boxes.
Special characters for data points
With Prism you are not limited to basic symbols or characters. You can use almost any symbol for the data points on your graph.
How to do it:
Double click on any data point to open the Format Graph dialog and roll down the symbol menu.
If you don' t see a symbol you like in the main list, click the More button to display a full list of fonts and characters.
Using Prism's Insert Character tool with text boxes
You can also use special characters in any text box on a graph, but your choices are more limited.
First, insert a text box using the one of the T buttons on the Prism toolbar.
Click inside the text box and from the Insert menu, choose Insert/Character.
You can add math symbols, Greek letters, European characters and Wingdings.
Click here to learn more about how to insert different kids of hyphens and dashes.
If you can't find the character you want...
If the characters you want aren't there there are a couple of other methods. These are tools in the Windows and Mac operating systems -- the same ones you use for Word and other programs.
Windows - Using Character Map
For Prism Windows, look in Programs/Accessories/System Tools for an application called Character Map.
In the Character Map, you can select and copy a character to the clipboard. The advanced view lets you select a character by unicode number. (The Unicode for a double dagger is 2020). Note, not all fonts and characters will look the same when a file made with Prism Windows is opened with Prism Mac and vice versa.
Copy the character with Character Map and select a text block on your Prism graph and choose Edit/Paste. If the character does not look right when pasted into Prism, you may need to reset it to the correct font. You can use this method only for text boxes, not for actual data point symbols.
Mac - Using Character Palette
If you use Prism for Mac, there is also a character map tool. The easiest is to display the Mac OS Character palette – just press [Command] + [Option] + [T]. You can also choose to add it to the tool bar as a choice in the keyboard tab of the Keyboard preference dialog: " [ ]Show Keyboard & Character Viewer in menu bar"
You can then browse through various symbols and special characters, and simply double-click any one to insert it into your current document. If you have a character you use a lot, mark it as a Favorite
Select the point where you want the character to go in Prism and click the Insert button in the Character Palette.
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