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How to Use Special Characters in Windows Documents
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This article describes how to use special characters that are available through the Character Map, and how to manually type the Unicode number to insert a special character into a document. You can do this to add special characters to your documents such as a trademark or degree symbol:
You can use Character Map to view the characters that are available for a selected font. Character Map displays the following character sets:
You can use Character Map to search for characters by viewing the Unicode character maps that are associated with each font. Select the character in the font you select to display the Unicode identifier. If you know the Unicode equivalent of the character that you want to insert, you can also insert a special character directly into a document without using Character Map.
To start Character Map and see all of the available characters for a particular font, click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Character Map.
If Character Map is not installed, you must install Character Map:
Method 1To copy individual characters or a group of characters to the clipboard and then paste them into a program:
Method 2To insert a special character by using the Unicode value:
UnicodeUnicode is a character standard that represents almost all of the written languages of the world. The Unicode characters have multiple representation forms, including UTF-8, UTF-16, and UTF-32. Most Windows interfaces use the UTF-16 form. For more information about Unicode, please view the following Unicode Web site:
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