Using Greek Characters in Microsoft Word Documents
&  Viewing Greek Letters in Netscape Navigator/Communicator
by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.

To type Greek letters or words in MS Word documents, use either of the following two methods:

1)  On the topmost Menu bar, click with the mouse on the word "Insert"; from the pull-down menu choose "Symbol."  A box will appear with a top left tab called "Symbols," below it the word "Font:" and next to that a narrow box that probably says "(normal text)."  Click on the arrow at the right of this box and choose the font called "Symbol."  You should then see all the Greek characters (and many other symbols) in the main box.  Click on any Greek character to highlight it, then click the "Insert" button below to place that character into your document.  Do this for each Greek character you want one at a time (rather tedious!), and click the "Close" button when you are done.

2)  In your MS Word document, simply type in the English equivalents of all the Greek letters you need (according to the table below).  Then use your mouse to highlight the entire word, and choose the "Symbol" font from the pull-down menu near the top-left of the MS Word screen (probably the second narrow box on the second bar, called the "Formatting Toolbar").

Note: If you are using a Netscape web-browser, but you do not see the Greek letters in the following charts, see the instructions below.


English Equivalents of Greek Letters in the MS Word "Symbol" Font:
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Notes and Cautions:
 

1)  For most letters, simply type the obvious English equivalent ("a" for alpha; "b" for beta; etc.).
2)  For the long Greek vowels, use English "h" for eta  and  "w" for omega (not just "e" and "o").
3)  For a "terminal sigma" (a sigma at the end of a word), be sure to use capital "V" rather than "s."
4)  For the special Greek letters theta, phi, chi, and psi, be sure to use the single English equivalent according to the chart, rather than typing "th", "ph", "ch", or "ps", respectively.
5)  For a small Greek phi, use either English "f" (block-style: preferred) or small "j" (script-style).
6)  For a small Greek theta, use either English "q" (block-style: preferred) or capital "J" (script-style).
7)  For Greek capital letters, use the corresponding capital letter in English, as in the second chart above.

Note also that the English letters you need to type when using MS Word, according to the above chart, are not always the same as the letters used by scholars when "transliterating" Greek words into English characters.  For transliteration, we do use "th" for theta, "ch" for chi, etc.


Viewing Greek Letters on Webpages Using Netscape Navigator/Communicator:

Electronic New Testament Educational Resources

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