The basics of Windows Character Map haven't changed much over the years. Most people probably use it by scrolling through the grid of characters to find the desired character then copying it for insertion into other programs. (Such as described in How to Use Windows Character Map
). However, since Windows XP and now with the widespread use of OpenType fonts
containing thousands of characters, there's a better way to use Character Map.
- Go to
Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character Map
Save-a-Click-Tip: If you use Character Map a lot, like I do, that's a lot of clicks. Instead, create a shortcut to the program on your desktop or pin it to your Start menu or to the Taskbar — whichever method works best for you.
- If it's not already checked, check the
Advanced view box.
With Advanced View you get several drop down menus and some search boxes.
- This page Basic vs. Advanced View
- Select and Copy with Tips
- Character Sets
- Search by Unicode
- Search by Name
- Group by Sub-sets
- Group by Unicode Subranges
- Drawing & Dingbat Characters
- Currency & Numbers
- Punctuation Characters
- Technical Symbols & Math
- Private Use Characters