# How to Make a Math Symbol in Word [closed]

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.

## closed as off-topic by tomasz, Willie Wong, Shailesh, Jack's wasted life, user223391 Nov 5 '16 at 7:16

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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
• I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is not a question about Mathematics. For question on how to use Microsoft Word, superuser.com is a more appropriate site. – Willie Wong Nov 5 '16 at 1:01

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.

• Yes. I forgot to tell the OP it is called "squared times". Thanks for remarking that. – mrs 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? – Namaste May 20 '13 at 1:38

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

• How do you take a "screen shot"? – Namaste 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"!! – Namaste Apr 2 '13 at 16:02
• @amWhy: I did exactly what Asaf noted. – mrs Apr 2 '13 at 16:07