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How To Add A Bar Over A Letter In Word

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How To Add A Bar Over A Letter In Word: Microsoft Word is easily the most popular and powerful application for creating rich text files. However, you can sometimes get stuck with little things like inserting an equation, a special character or simply a bar over a letter. These are some of the most untouched sections of the Word. You might have never used these options in Word but trust me, they are very interesting. In fact, it can be an amazing learning experience for everyone who uses Word. I myself did not know how to add a bar over a letter in Word and thus I decided to do a little research.

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I was surprised to find that the option for adding a bar was located in the options for “Insert New Equation”. I was mainly surprised because I have been using Word for a long time and even used the option of “Insert New Equation”. Still, I did not know about this option. I enjoyed learning this little trick because it helped me discover many more amazing options. I am sure you will love it too. In the following article, we would explore a few simple methods to add a bar over a letter in Word file. A bar over a letter is termed as a ‘macron’. The following methods and the steps are strictly for Word 2007 but you can also follow the same in Word 2003.

How To Add A Bar Over A Letter In Word

Using Word’s Equation Editor

This is probably the simplest way to add a bar over a letter in Word. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Select the Insert Tab on the right of Home from the list of tabs on the top row. (Insert tab > Symbols)
  2. You will find the option of ‘Equation’ on the right. Click on it. (Insert New Equation)
  3. This will open a drop-down list. Select ‘Insert New Equation’ at the bottom of the list.
  4. This will give you box on your current Word where you can type any character or equation. (Equation Tools > Design) 
  5. Look for the option of Accent in the box of structures at the right top corner.
  6. When you click on Accent, you will get a drop down list with multiple options including an option for adding a Bar. Select it.
  7. Notice that a bar appears on top of the blank space for writing the equation.
  8. Now, you can type any equation or character or just anything over which you need a bar.
  9. You can also go down to the section of ‘Overbars and Underbars’ in the drop down list under accent option. Here you will see a similar option that works in the same way.

There are a few more options that you can use to add a bar over a letter in Word but I would strongly recommend using the above method. It is the simplest and the easiest method. Here is another method.


Using The Built-in Field Codes and Equation Editor

  1. Select the Insert Tab from the top row of Tab options.
  2. It will open up a lot of options grouped together in different boxes. You will find an option of ‘Quick Parts’ in the Text group.
  3. Click on this option to select ‘Field’ from the drop down list.
  4. Scroll down to the ‘Eq’ option in the field names. Select this option and click ‘Equation Editor’.
  5. This will open a textbox where you can type any word, text or equation. You will also get an Equation toolbar on your screen. Before typing anything in the box.
  6. Now select the Overbar icon from the list. This will insert a bar over the blank space inside the associated text box.
  7. Now you can type anything in the box over which you want to add a bar. You can close the toolbar after you have finished typing the text in the text box.


I hope above article “How To Add A Bar Over A Letter In Word” added some value to your MS-Word skills, if you have any further suggestions that you would like to share with other readers, then do share in comments.


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