How to Create the Section Symbol (§) in Documents

Background

Documents that must be noticed by the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) must adhere to the guidelines set by the BNC or the notice will fail to be generated. The guidelines are defined in the document titled "Creating PDF Documents for CM/ECF" that is posted on our web site under the Electronic Case Filing menu. The document includes a list of fonts that are acceptable to the BNC. These rules also govern special symbols used within documents.

Creating the "Section" Symbol (§) in WordPerfect Documents

To create the "section" symbol (§) in WordPerfect documents that adhere to the BNC guidelines, follow these steps:

  1. Create your document with one of the acceptable fonts as defined in the document referenced above titled "Creating PDF Documents for CM/ECF".
  2. Place your cursor where you want the "section" symbol (§) to display.
  3. Click on the menu option Insert.
  4. On the drop-down menu, click on the menu option Symbol.
  5. In the Set section of the Symbol screen choose the Typographic Symbols and a list of symbols will display.
  6. Click on the "section" symbol (§), then click on Insert and Close.

Creating the "Section" Symbol (§) in Word Documents

To create the "section" symbol (§) in Word documents that adhere to the BNC guidelines, follow these steps:

  1. Create your document with one of the acceptable fonts as defined in the document referenced above titled "Creating PDF Documents for CM/ECF".
  2. Place your cursor where you want the "section" symbol (§) to display.
  3. Click on the menu option Insert.
  4. On the drop-down menu, click on the menu option Symbol.
  5. On the Symbol screen that displays, click on the Special Characters tab.
  6. Click on the "section" symbol (§) in the list of symbols that displays, then click on Insert and Close.

Creating the "Section" Symbol (§) from Either WordPerfect or Word Documents

An alternate way to create the "section" symbol (§), regardless of what word processing software you are using, is listed here:

  1. Create your document with one of the acceptable fonts as defined in the document referenced above titled "Creating PDF Documents for CM/ECF".
  2. Place your cursor where you want the "section" symbol (§) to display.
  3. Click on the Microsoft Windows Start button.
  4. On the drop-down menu, click on the menu option Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools, then Character Map.
  5. In the Character Map screen that displays, hit the down arrow in the Font section and choose one of the acceptable fonts as defined in the document referenced above titled "Creating PDF Documents for CM/ECF".
  6. Once the font is chosen, find the "section" symbol (§), double click it, then hit the Copy button.
  7. Go to the document you are creating and paste the "section" symbol (§) into the document.