Use the Character Map to Find Unusual & Lesser Used Symbols

Here’s a quick tip for tonight.

Sometimes we need to get a hold of certain symbols like the copyright symbol (i.e. ©) when we don’t know the keyboard shortcut (Alt + 0169) or we want to preview a whole stack of characters at the same time for unusual fonts like Wingdings and Webdings. Sure, for the latter you could open up Microsoft Word and punch every letter on the keyboard but that is quite a time consuming solution.

There is an easier way courtesy of the Character Map application in Windows.

To find it, just hit Windows + R and type in “charmap” and press Enter. The following window should pop up:

Character Map

Character Map

You can then see all of the characters available for a given font, change the font and then select and copy the specific characters you need for use elsewhere.

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