You might try and symbolise a word which does not exist in the symbol set you have - but there is a word with a similar meaning in the set.


Or, you might be writing a story about Gertrude the cow, and want a picture symbol of a cow to come up when you type "Gertrude".


You can use the "Alternate Word" button to have other symbols appear when you symbolise a word.



  1. Go to the "Commtap Tools" tab, or click on the small arrow at the bottom right of the "Commtap Symboliser" group on the Home tab.
  2. Choose "Alternate Word".
  3. In the box below where it says "Typed word", type in the word you want to symbolise; for example "Gertrude".
  4. In the box below, type in the symbol name you want it to look for when you type "Gertrude"; for example "cow".
  5. Close the box.
  6. Type "Gertrude" in a text box, select it, and then choose "Symbolise". If your symbol set has "cow" in it, a symbol for a cow should come up as at least one of the symbols when you are clicking on the symbolise button.