Do you need Microsoft's most current version of Office? Of course you do.
Now you can go to https://products.office.com/en-us/student/office-in-education and get it for free.
This online document explains the steps to get Office 365 apps for free
Here is a handy PDF file that teaches how to insert special characters into documents. Special Character Shortcuts ( These methods should work for most programs)
Handy Microsoft Office Guides