Use the Character Map application

You can use Character Map to view the characters that
are available in a selected font. The Character Map
applet displays the following character sets: Windows, DOS, and Unicode. You can
copy individual characters or a group of characters to the Clipboard and paste
them into any program that can display them. Or, depending on the program you
are using (such as WordPad), you can even copy characters by dragging them from
Character Map directly into an open document.

Using Character Map, you can search for characters
by Unicode character name or Unicode subgroup (such as arrows or mathematical
operators) or by other special classifications. You can also use Character Map to view and copy private characters that you
have created using Private Character Editor.

If you know the Unicode equivalent of the character you want to insert, you
can also insert a special character directly into a document without using Character Map. To do so, open the document and position the
insertion point where you want the special character to appear. Then, with NUM
LOCK on, hold down the ALT key while using the number pad keys to type the
Unicode character value. To start the Character Map

  • Click Start
  • Click the Run command
  • In the Open text box, type charmap

  • You will see all the characters for the different fonts you have on your
    system. Scroll through characters and click on one you’d like to put into a
    document. Suppose you want to insert the “cent” sign into a document. Just click
    on it and then click the Select button. You will see the “cent” sign in the
    Characters to copy text box. Click the Copy button. This copies the character to
    the Windows clipboard. Return to your word processor or email message and click
    the Paste button in the toolbar. The symbol now appears in your document or

    Another trick. If you have the “cent” sign selected, you’ll see in the bottom
    right corner something that says Keystroke: Alt+0162. You can use this
    information to insert characters without using the Character

    • Turn on the Num Lock.
    • Go to your word processor document or email.
    • Now hold down the Alt key and press the number sequence: 0 – 1 – 6 – 2 on
      the number pad.

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