Character Map in Windows

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A Windows feature that’s very useful for Microsoft Office users.

Character Map has been in Windows for as long as we’d like to remember and it’s done right.

Over the years, the ‘softies who’ve worked on it have given some thought to the needs of people trying to find and preview characters.

You’ll find Character Map in the Accessories/Windows Accessories of any version of Windows. In Windows 8/10, press the Windows key then type ‘cha’ then it should appear on the Apps list.

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Advanced View

Click on Advanced View to see all the useful stuff like:

Character Set: choose a language or script from the pulldown list.

Group by: more groupings by scripts but at the bottom is ‘Unicode Subrange’ which opens up groupings for symbols, dingbats, maths and many other blocks.

Search for: type in a search term, like ‘box’ shown above to narrow the list to matches against the character labels.

Having chosen the characters you want, click Copy then switch to another program and paste.

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