For those of you who know this, you can tune out! But if this sounds like Martian, you can use ALT-codes to insert symbols etc WITHOUT having to change the settings in your Word document.
For example, I wanted to include "curly quotes" in front of the quote on my home page. My normal Word settings are for "straight quotes" (required for manuscripts), but there's NO WAY I'm going to change my settings in Word (too bloody hard in Office 2010 - one time it was easy).
So let's take this quote:
"Writing is its own reward." HENRY MILLER
The codes for curly quotes (from that web page) are ALT 0147 (start quote) and ALT 0148 (end quote). Press "NUM LOCK," hold down the ALT key and enter the numerical code.
The result: “Writing is its own reward.” HENRY MILLER
It's that easy!