Proofreading Symbols To Know

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1 min readSep 9, 2020

The Most Commonly Used Symbols and Their Categories

There are a total of thirty-five most commonly used symbols when it comes to proofreading. In order to become an affluent proofreader, one muster all thirty-five as well as their categories. These symbols can be categorized in three ways. The first set of symbols are those that change the actual words or punctuation of the text, the second set of symbols are those that change the look or format of the text, and lastly, the third set of symbols are those that affect or change the page layout. The following are all the symbols within each category that a notable proofreader should know and master.

Changing the Text Symbols

  • Insert
  • Lowercase
  • Capital Letters
  • Ellipses
  • Delete
  • Small Capital Letters
  • Close Up
  • Semicolon
  • Delete and Close Up
  • Colon
  • Space
  • Apostrophe
  • Transpose
  • Quotation Marks
  • Spell Out
  • Question Mark and Exclamation Point
  • En-Dash
  • Em-Dash
  • Hyphen
  • Period
  • Parentheses
  • Brackets
  • Equalize Space
  • Comma

Formatting the Text Symbols

  • Boldface Type
  • Italic Type
  • Stet, or Let It Stand
  • Underscore
  • Roman Type

Affecting the Layout Symbols

  • Center
  • Run Copy Continuously
  • Begin Paragraph
  • Rebreak
  • Bad Break

By Karla M. Cortes



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