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I could do it some time ago, but after the interface change I'm not able.

Is it possible to insert the special characters by some keyboard shortcuts?

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Could you emphasize what you mean by 'special characters'? Do you mean the Insert -> Special characters menu item? – Vidar S. Ramdal Oct 17 '12 at 11:55
Yes, that's it. – deem Oct 17 '12 at 13:41
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Unfortunately if you were able to do this before, there is no way to do it now. Here is a link to the updated Help Article on all shortcuts in Docs: https://support.google.com/docs/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=179738

The best way to do it now is Alt+I to access the menu options and C

++Edit (thanks to anon for pointing out easier way to access menus now++

Made an edit to keyboard inputs above to go directly to the Insert menu, and updated the keyboard shortcut for special chars which was changed.

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You can set up your own auto-substitution. Under Tools | Preferences check the box for "Automatic substitution". Then you can add whatever character combination in the "Replace" column with what it will automatically be replaced with in the "With" column.

So, for instance, you might have (c) automatically replace © in your document.

(Mine used to be filled with all kinds of shortcuts—as you can see here—but now is blank. I suppose too many people kept asking why their text kept getting replaced.)

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There are ways to insert special characters by pressing alt and a number code. For example alt 0151 will give you a dash, like so —

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