MS Windows Character map

character map

Charmap (or "Character Map") is a program built-in into MS Windows operating systems. You can use it to input or check out characters of different encodings and fonts installed on your system.

Run it

That's how you do it on Windows 8 and newer.

  • Choose Search (run your mouse from bottom to top on the right side of your screen and choose Search in the menu that will appear)
  • Type Character Map, or charmap and choose it from the list.

This goes for Windows 7 and older. There are two ways to open Character Map.

  • Start ➢ All Programs ➢ Accessories ➢ System Tools ➢ Character Map
  • Faster way is: Start ➢ Execute ➢ enter "charmap", press [OK] button, or [Enter] on keyboard.

With Character Map you choose font, character group (like Greek, or Maths symbols) and pick text characters you like. You type them in a line by double-clicking them in character list and then copy-paste from the program's input line to where you want. It's really easy.

The program is easy to use, so you'll find out all further details on your own easily. Probably, the only one other important thing you have to know next.

Symbol groups

You can choose to view groups of characters by the name of their topic. Like currency symbols, maths operators, arrows, etc.

Charmap Advanced View

To group symbols you have to:

  1. Choose Advanced View
  2. To view most symbols you have, choose Font: [Arial Unicode MS].
  3. Choose Group by: [Unicode Subrange].

Now you can choose symbol groups.

Symbols on Keyboard (shortcut codes for text characters)
Symbols on Keyboard Type symbols by their keyboard codes. Contains information on Windows Alt codes, Linux symbol codes and standard Mac tools for special characters. Put them in documents, on Facebook, Instagram, your blog, etc.

Last update 4 years ago


I'm using a love heart for my MSN screen name and it's not working?
Sorry, I'm not sure why.. I've seen this problem before. As far, as I remember it's like you can do it on some MSN installments and can't do on others. But I'm not sure. I've already tried putting symbols in MSN and it worked for me, while it didn't work for some girl.
Just checked the case. It looks like it worked for me back then on XP and didn't work for the girl on Windows 7. Try putting symbols from some of your friends' XP and then use your Win 7 happily, as the symbols will be set. Hope this helps! ^.^
Can I put these on Facebook?
Most of them, I think.
This is very awesome. I hope you enjoyed making this!
Yeah, I've enjoyed that ^.^ But had to spend loads of months on all of that. =)