Character Map

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

The Character Map is a Microsoft Windows utility for seeing all available characters and Unicode in each of the fonts installed on the computer. Pictured is an example of what the Character Map or charmap looks like in Microsoft Windows.

Windows charmap

How to open the Windows Character Map or charmap

Windows 7, 8, and 10 users

Click Start, open Windows Accessories, and choose Character Map. Or, press the Windows key, type charmap, and press Enter.

Windows XP and earlier users

Click Start, Run, and type charmap and press Enter.

What font should I use in the Character Map?

The font all depends on what type of character symbol you are trying to find. For non-english characters almost any font should work. For other more specialized character symbols, like an arrow, check mark, book, operating system, hands, etc., we suggest using the Wingdings font.

Charmap example of inserting a check mark into Microsoft Word

  1. Open Microsoft Word and Charmap.
  2. In the Character Map window, select Wingdings as the font.
  3. Scroll down until you see the check mark (character code: 0x6FC).
  4. Click the check mark and then click the Select button.
  5. Once the check mark is entered in the characters to copy text box, click the Copy button.
  6. Switch back to Microsoft Word and then paste the checkbox into the document.

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