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    Character Map

    Character Map
    How to Open and Use Character Map in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
    Character Map

    How to Open and Use Character Map in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

    information   Information
    Character Map is a feature in Windows that makes it possible to use characters that are not displayed on the keyboard. You can use Character Map to insert special characters into your documents, such as the trademark symbol, a special mathematical character, or a character from another language.

    For more information, see: Windows Help and How-to: Character Map FAQs

    Tip   Tip

    • To make your own special characters, see: How to Use Private Character Editor
    • At the bottom right corner of Character Map, it will show you what keyboard shortcut Keystroke to press for the selected character symbol. See screenshot below step 2.

    Note   Note
    The Character Map exe file is located at: C:\Windows\System32\charmap.exe






    Here's How:

    1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type charmap, click/tap on OK.
    Character Map-character_map-jpg

    2. To Select a Font
    A) Select the Font you want at the top. (See screenshot above)
    3. To Search by a Character Value
    A) Click/tap on the Character set list, and then click/tap on the character set you want to search in. (See screenshot below step 1)
    NOTE: If the character set you want is not available, choose a different font in the Font list.
    4. To Search by a Character Category
    A) Click/tap on the Group by drop down menu list, and then choose a group (EX: Unicode Subrange) to open the Group By box. (See screenshot below step 1)

    B) In the Group by box, click on the category of character you want to view. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: When you click a category, Character Map displays the characters that belong to that category.
    Character Map-group_by_box-jpg
    5. To Search by a Character Name
    A) Click/tap on the Character set drop down menu list, and then click/tap on the character set you want to search in. (See screenshot below step 1)
    NOTE: If the character set you want is not available, choose a different font in the Font list.

    B) In the Search for box, type all or part of the name of the character you are searching for.

    C) Click/tap on Search.
    NOTE: Character Map displays the characters that match your search.
    6. Click/tap on the character you want to use to enlarge it. (See screenshot below step 1)

    7. Click/tap on the Select button. (See screenshot below step 1)

    8. Click/tap on the Copy button. (See screenshot below step 1)
    NOTE: This will put the character into the Clipboard.

    9. Now, right click in your document and click on Paste. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: This can be anything that you are able to Paste text into. I am just using Notepad as an example.
    Character Map-wordpad-jpg
    10. Close the Character Map window when done.



    That's it,
    Shawn


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  2.    26 Apr 2008 #1
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    Re: Character Map


    Note in lower left corner of your first displayed example the ALT+0196 shortcut key. In systems before Vista, the desired character was shown by holding the ALT key then typing the number code on the number pad, including the zero. This was a more simple method of displaying characters not shown on the keyboard. But not in Vista. Even though the shortcut key is shown in CharMap, it is useless in Vista, as the characters displayed have nothing to do with the desired character. Using German umlauts as examples:
    ALT+0196 shows: `TEMP
    ALT+0220 shows: %TEMP%
    ALT+0214 shows: %TEMP%
    etc.

    Am I missing something? Or are we stuck with the copy/paste method?
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  3.    26 Apr 2008 #2
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    Re: Character Map


    Hi Antje

    Ahhh...and I thought I was just losing my mind or something!
    I've used Char. Map for ages but last week I tried to use it for the first time in Vista, using the ALT + 0123 method, and had totally baffling results. So I'm not going crazy...it's Vista that can't do this other method for posting characters...heheh..what else is new.

    It seems that we just may be stuck with having to use Copy-Paste method in Vista.
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  4.    26 Apr 2008 #3
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    Re: Character Map


    Maybe Microsoft KBs have an answer. I'll check it out tomorrow.
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  5.    27 Apr 2008 #4
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    Re: Character Map


    I found nothing at Microsoft. I addressed the problem at Annoyances.org. Perhaps something will come up from one site or the other...
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  6.    27 Apr 2008 #5
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    Re: Character Map


    Works fine here!
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  7.    27 Apr 2008 #6
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    Re: Character Map


    Antje,

    I'm not sure why it is not working for you. I tried it in Notepad, and that character appeared as it should after I pressed ALT+1096 and released the ALT key.

    Shawn
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  8.    13 May 2008 #7
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    Re: Character Map


    ALT+0196 displays `TEMP. Not the German umlaut 'A'
    ALT+0162 displays >TEMP. Not the cent sign
    ALT+0188 displays XTEMP. Not the fraction 1/4.
    I am using the codes in this message. How come why is it that you get the correct display and I don't?
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    Re: Character Map


    Antje,

    I'm not sure why you are not getting the correct characters using the key commands. You might run a sfc /scannow command to see if it can find and fix any bad system file that may be causing this. This tutorial will show you how to.

    System Files - SFC Command

    I hope you do not get stuck using only the Copy and Paste method until the next reinstall.

    Shawn
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  10.    28 May 2008 #9
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    Re: Character Map


    Chappy,
    Found my mistake. I have a keyboard launcher program, HotKeys, where I had set up a shortcut that was in conflict with charmap keystrokes. After fixing, everything running hunky-dorry.
    Thanks to all who put in their 3’ worth. Look at that! ALT+0162 works!
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