use symbols in a formula

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Subject: use symbols in a formula
Posted by:  kit (anonymo…
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003

Doing an autonmated worksheet for schoolkids.
I have a worksheet with division sums etc set out  that
they complete. If correct I want to insert a smiley if
wrong unsmiley next to their answer.
Did this with an If function  with the inserted value as a
wing ding for smiley etc.  However in the worksheet cell a
black dot is added whatevever wing ding character is added.
I assume this is to do  with the cell holding the formula
being formatted for wingdings?
If I use a word in arial the IF formula works OK.
Anyone know of a workaround, or a more elegant solution?
Busy Teacher!