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Finding or Adding a Character

Finding a Character in the Font

From time to time, you may need to find a Chinese character not listed in an on-line dictionary, or for which you do not know the pronunciation. It is particularly easy to browse the fonts corresponding to the Chinese and Japanese Combined(4- 9) symbol set(D- - 7), which is organized in radical and stroke(4- 8) order. If you use Smart Characters for reading, consider installing an accessory radical and stroke(4- 8) dictionary for faster hypertext(D- - 4) access to radicals and characters.

Using Unannotated Characters

To use an unannotated character in a standard symbol set(D- - 7) in a document:

Adding New Characters

If you are reasonably sure that a desired character does not exist in a standard font, select File Add User(3- 43) command to open the Font Bit Edit(3- 50) dialog and create a new user characters(4- 10). You can create a new user character from scratch, by copying and pasting parts of existing characters, or by finding and copying it from another font. Characters should be added to the end of your user font(4- 12). Avoid writing over existing entries, or adding to a standard font.

Add a Corresponding Reference

Although you can access a character immediately using Select(3- 47) or by entering its character number(D- - 2) in a document window(5- 1), we highly recommend invoking the Annotate(3- 47) command to add the new user character(4- 10) and its pronunciation(s) to your user dictionary(4- 7) for permanent access. See Finding a Character in the Font(8- 1).

Using Paint to Edit a Character

The following example illustrates how to use more elaborate bitmap editing programs such as Paint(D- - 6) to edit or create a character:
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