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.
How to open the Windows Character Map or charmap
Windows 7, 8, and 10 users
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, checkmark, book, operating system, hands, etc. we suggest using the Wingdings font.
Charmap example of inserting a checkmark into Microsoft Word
- Open Microsoft Word and Charmap.
- In the Character Map window, select Wingdings as the font.
- Scroll down until you see the checkmark (character code: 0x6FC).
- Click the checkmark and then click the Select button.
- Once the checkmark is entered into the characters to copy text box, click the Copy button.
- Switch back to Microsoft Word and then paste the checkbox into the document.