Putting a Bar Over a Letter in Google Docs

By Allen Bethea

Math or science documents sometimes require special characters not on your keyboard.
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There are times when even the 100 or so keys on a typical U.S. computer keyboard are not nearly enough to do the job. For instance, if a Google Drive document you are working on needs a bar symbol placed over a word or a single letter, there is no way to do it with a standard keyboard. Fortunately, Google Drive's document application supports a LaTex typesetting system command, "\overbar," that enables you to add a bar over any character or sequence of characters in your document.

Step 1

Log into your Google Drive account and create a new word processor document.

Step 2

Click the "Insert" menu, then click the "Equation" menu option.

Step 3

Type "\overline" in the equation box that appears in your document. Press the space bar, then type the letter or string of letters over which you want the bar to appear. Click anywhere outside the box when you are done so that you may continue typing text without the overhead bar.