I created some text "shortcuts" (well..not very short) in Keyboard. For example, when I type \alpha I get α, and if I type \sigma I get σ. While this works in almost everything on my computer, it doesn't work in Microsoft Office (e.g., Word and PowerPoint). I wonder if there is a way to make these shortcuts also work in MS Office. Thanks!


Unfortunately MS Office products live in the own world.

So to make the Alpha and Sigma words be replaced with Greek symbols you need to do following.

Open Word- Preference.

Now choose the Auto Correct

There is a field called Replace -With where you can now do that.

See this example:

alpha sigma

Use same process for PowerPoint.

  • I wonder whether Word for Mac has the same feature as Word for Windows: if you open the “Math AutoCorrect” tab, there is a checkbox for applying math autocorrection outside formulas, too (i.e. outside formulas constructed using Equation Tools). And math autocorrection has a large number of “corrections” predefined, e.g. \alpha produces α. Jan 18 '15 at 8:30
  • @JukkaK.Korpela good point, care to make that a question!
    – Ruskes
    Jan 18 '15 at 8:31

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