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How to make a small "box" with a word processor?

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Howdy,

Does anyone know how to make one of those little boxes you put a check mark in on a form or questionnaire? I'm using Word Perfect 6.0. The box is listed as a whing-ding at the end of the fonts list, but how do you insert the box in the text?

Why do I want to know? Re-typing a lender's Mfg. Housing Addendum into my appraisal program. Filling out their faxed copies by hand makes a messy product, and besides that, it has to be scanned.

Any help out there?
 

graindart

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I've never used WP 6.0 and I'm sure that there's an easier way for someone familiar with WP 6.0, but here's what I've done to get different symbols into various word processing projects:

Depending on your version of Windows, go to the "start" menu and go to "Accessories", then "System Tools". Look for a program called "Character Map". When you start Character Map, you can choose the font you'd like to work with (Wingdings in your case). Then double click on the symbol you want to use. At the bottom, you can click the "copy" button. Then just go into your word processor and paste the symbol as many times as you'd like. I'm sure that there's an easier way, but this works good enough for me.
 

xmrdfghap

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<span style='color:brown'>I would scan it into adobe distiller. Then using the forms button set it up so you can click on the "box" (adobe will allow you to put boxes in without using wingdings) and get a check mark. Once the form is filled out, do a "save as" in the name of the file, then print.</span>
 

Jeff Horton

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There is one way that is really simple. Go to your start menu in windows,
them Programs | accessories | system tools | Character map

Yours may be hidden somewhere else but look for the Character Map program if it is not where I said.

There you will find all the symbols your heart desires. You can change fonts in the top window and find different ones. Click on the one you want. Then select, then copy and the symbol is on your clipboard ready to be pasted into you document.

BTW I found a square box under Wingdings2. Don't know if you have that particualr font.
 

Tom McDowell

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Click on help then click the perfect expert. I typed in "how do i create a check block" and got some results back. I have done it in WP6.0 but I really don't remember how I did it.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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In 7 or 8 +, WP you can go to macro and they already have a checkbox macro in place... its blue and you click on it after you insert it and it will X or un-X automatically.

Totherwise, the shortcut, again in WP7 or WP8 is to hit CTRL + W

This brings up a menu of symbols. the list for Iconic or typogrpahic have what you want...agin I am not sure WP6 was quite the same. I used 6.1 DOS before jumping to 6. One is a box and one is a box with an X in it. There are all sorts of arrows, pointing fingers, stars, circles, etc.

Also there are direct DOS commands but I don't recall which number

you can hold the ALT button down and hit 171 and get ½
ALT 172 = ¼ ALT 241 = ± ALT 246 = ÷ I memorized these because it is quicker than going to the WP menus. Check the back of your DOS or WP manual for a list of DOS codes.
 

Jo Ann Meyer Stratton

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Tom: While you are typing out the lender's checklist--are you also typing after the sentences, appraiser not qualified, lender needs to contact a licensed engineer, etc. The only thing the appraiser can answer is the year, manufacturer, maybe the model, serial number from the the data plate, HUD number from the HUD label and size from field measurements. And that is all Fannie Mae expects the appraiser to provide, the lender is responsible for anything else, so the lender needs to contact the appropriate professional. Every thing else the lender wants to know is not within an appraisers expertise.
 
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To All:

There are more technophiles out there than I had thought. Thank you for your information and suggestions.

Special to Jo Ann,

This particular client's checklist is not as stiff; doesn't have same wording as most I've seen. However, in light of your comments, I looked it over and found one place where extra verbiage was needed to keep me out of trouble. Thanks.

Regards,

Tom
 
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