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I have a student typing up her thesis. She needs to type external tensor, $\boxtimes$. Is there anyway to get that symbol in Microsoft Word? She doesn't know how to use TeX.

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I added the tag 'notation' because I couldn't think of a more appropriate tag. – Joe Johnson 126 Apr 2 '13 at 15:19
Has she tried copying and pasting it from your question? Works for me on just about every editor i use (don't have Word specifically) – muzzlator Apr 2 '13 at 15:23
copy-paste the symbol from your post gives me this : ⊠ what about in word ? – Vincent Nivoliers Apr 2 '13 at 15:23
She should learn TeX. She's typing up a mathematical paper in Word? – noobProgrammer Apr 2 '13 at 15:26
Maybe you should try using TeX to Word converter. – Inceptio Apr 2 '13 at 15:28
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It does seem that Word will render the symbol by "copy and paste". It worked in implementation of Word (Office 10), and rendered as Cambria Math (font), with size $13$, which can be scaled to a different font size.

Edit: the symbol "$\boxtimes$" can be directly inserted from/within "Word" using:

  • "insert":

    • "symbol": < choose "normal text": "mathematical operators">.

Or, the better option if working within the Word "Equation Editor" environment:

  • "insert"

    • "Equation": "math operators": < See "special operators">

The symbol in Word is referred to as "squared times."

It rendered as the exact image compared to "copied-and-pasted" symbol I inserted.

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Yes. I forgot to tell the OP it is called "squared times". Thanks for remarking that. – Babak S. Apr 2 '13 at 15:43
My student went with your answer. So, I'll give you the check. – Joe Johnson 126 Apr 2 '13 at 16:50
@amWhy: I recall there was a Scientific Word that included a CAS with it. I wish someone would make such a nicely integrated tool! Perhaps people are catching up with things like LibreOffice. +1 – Amzoti May 20 '13 at 1:33
Is LibreOffice OpenOffice? or has the name changed? – amWhy May 20 '13 at 1:38

Do as I suggested you above. I made a photo showing that.

**enter image description here**

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How do you take a "screen shot"? – amWhy Apr 2 '13 at 15:49
@amWhy: PrintScreen + Ctrl-V into a photo editor (e.g. MS Paint) – Asaf Karagila Apr 2 '13 at 16:01
@AsafKaragila PrintScreen grabs the entire screen. Usually you ust want a picture of a single application window. For that, one can use Alt+PrintScreen. – kahen Apr 2 '13 at 16:02
Thanks, @Asaf! I've done this before (for programming), but it's been awhile, and I went "blank"!! – amWhy Apr 2 '13 at 16:02
@amWhy: I did exactly what Asaf noted. – Babak S. Apr 2 '13 at 16:07

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