Windows 10 Quick Tips – Character Map


We’ll be talking about the Windows Character Map today. Actually, the new Character Map App that you can get for free at the Windows Store. Its use is so simple that demonstrating it would insult peoples’ intelligence, so I won’t bother with that. The main purpose of this Quick Tips article is to make you aware of the App’s existence. It’s nicer to look at and is maybe easier to use. It is certainly a modern alternative and it supports high screen resolutions which the older desktop model does not.

Character Map

Windows has bundled a utility called Character Map since I can’t remember when. Its purpose is to help you insert non-standard characters into your documents. Examples would be to use “é” or “ü” which you won’t find on a standard English-based keyboard. The old Character Map desktop utility looks like this:

character-map-desktop-version

It does its job, but it’s not pretty.

Note: You can also use ALT-Codes which might prove faster if you tend to use the same characters frequently. To learn more about ALT-Codes, read this DCT article: How To Use ALT-Codes in Windows

New Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Character Map

character-map-uwp-version

You can choose between a light or dark theme and the overall display seems much crisper on my 2560 x 1440 monitor. I usually prefer desktop programs to the comparable UWP Apps, but in this case I may have to whistle a different tune. It all boils down to personal tastes in the end.

To get your copy, follow this Windows Store Character Map UWP link.


Give it a try and see what you think. It’s free and if you don’t like it, it can easily be uninstalled. As always, if you have any helpful suggestions or comments, please share them with us,

Richard

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Richard Pedersen

Richard received his first computer, a C-64, in 1982 as a gift and began dabbling in BASIC. He was hooked! His love for computing has led him from the old “XT” boxes to the more modern fare and from clunky 10MB hard drives to smooth and fast modern day SSD drives. He has run BBS services, Fido mail, and even operated his own computer repair business.

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