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How To Use Windows Character Map


Although it's not fancy, Windows Character Map in Windows 95/98 does have several useful functions.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: NA

Here's How:

  1. Point to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character Map to open Windows Character Map.

  2. In the Font pulldown of Windows Character Map select one of your installed fonts.

  3. The grid shows all the available characters in that selected font. Click on one to briefly (very briefly) see a slightly enlarged pop up of an individual character.

  4. Click on one of the characters and note the Keystroke information in the lower right corner of the Windows Character Map dialog box.

  5. You can use the Keystroke combination (ALT+a number) to type any character of the font in your word processor or page layout program.

  6. Click on a character then choose Select (or simply double-click) and it is copied to the Characters to copy window.

  7. You can copy several characters to the window of the Windows Character Map.

  8. When you have selected the character(s) you want choose Copy and those characters for that font will be placed on the clipboard.

  9. In your word processor or other program use the Windows Paste command to place those characters from the clipboard into your document.


  1. If you find yourself using Windows Character Map often to check Keystroke information or to copy characters, create a shortcut to it on your desktop to speed up access.

  2. The Windows Character Map in Windows XP has several new functions not covered in this how-to.

What You Need

  • Windows
  • Character Map utility
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