Today, I’m going to highlight an app that’s what you’d call an oldie but a goodie. Character Map is a longstanding Windows feature that allows you to easily insert special characters into documents. A special character is one that doesn’t appear on the keyboard. For example, a trademark or a mathematical symbol. Let’s check out how to use it.
Character map can be found in your All apps list in Windows 10 under W for Windows Accessories.
Or just type Character Map into the search box and click the result.
Character Map shows you all of the letters, numbers, and symbols available for a particular font.
The characters available vary from font to font. To select a font, just click the arrow at the top and choose one from the list.
Wingdings, for example, offers all manner of symbols.
To choose a character, click on it and then click on Select. The character will appear in the box at the bottom of the window.
Then choose Copy.
Open the document where you wish to paste the character and move your cursor where you wish to paste the character. Then use either CTRL + V or right-click and choose Paste to add the character.
If you look to the bottom right of Character Map, you’ll also see the keyboard shortcut for the symbol. For the trademark symbol, I could also press the ALT key +0174.
You have the ability to copy multiple symbols at once. For example, if you have a font in a different alphabet and would like to type a whole word in that language, just select them one at a time and then choose Copy.
Tick the box next to Advanced for more options.
You’ll be able to choose different character sets.
And even search for symbols by typing the name in the search box.
It’s a very handy tool.