How Can I Type an Over Line (Over Bar) on Top of a Letter?

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How Can I Type an Over Line (Over Bar) on Top of a Letter?

Post by rogerwimmer » Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:37 pm

Doc: Here is a research report typing question for you. Do you know how to type a line over a letter as is often used in statistics? An example would be the symbol for the mean of a data set where the mean is the letter X with a line or bar over it? I use Microsoft Word if that matters. - David

David: It's not too difficult to do what you're asking. I learned this a long time ago, so I can't give credit to the person who taught me. I forgot. Anyway, follow these steps:

1. Place your cursor where you want to insert a character or word with an over line (over bar).

2. Press CTRL + F9 to insert a set of braces. (Command+F9 on a Mac).

3. In between the braces, type . . . EQ \x \to (X) . . . to insert an over line above an X, otherwise replace X (the second X in the formula) with another character or word.

4. Press Shift+F9 (Option+F9 on a Mac).

I know the process works for Word, but I don't know if it works for a Mac since I don't own any Mac products.


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