all good suggestions, but seriously guys, if i wanted to type alt + "0, 1, A, 1" (or whatever), that wouldn't be much different than just writing "(D)" or "(P)" or "sec.", right? perhaps i'm obsessing too much over this (actually i know i am ). but for some reason it just irks me that microsoft office doesn't have the same features in each program. the shortcut key just seems like such a simple concept that would be useful to integrate into the note-taking software.
No, go to Insert-->Special Characters
Then find the character. When you do, it will allow you to program your own shortcut, such as ATL+D or whatever. Then everytime you press ALT+D in any MS Office program, it will insert the Delta for defendant.
This function is not on my version of One Note (2007, Vista). I see how you can do this in Word (notice how I mentioned "shortcut keys"), but there is no "shortcut key" option in One Note.
After getting frustrated with myself I think I may have found a way around it...coincidentally, using another feature that often frustrates me as well-- the "auto correct" function. You know, that thing that creates a copyright symbol every time you type (c)?
Anyways, these corrections can be programed to your liking. Go to "Tools" ---> "AutoCorrect Options" and use the "replace:" and "with:" entry blanks to associate keys with their new symbol. I used pf for pi, sx for section and df for delta. So every time I write pf and type a space after it, the pi symbol comes up. Thinking about it, I could just associate "pf" with "plaintiff" (having the feature write out the entire word for me), but I think I've gone through so much frustration trying to figure out how to put these darn symbols in that for my own satisfaction I just need to see them in my notes from now on