The Character Map utility is free on all Windows machines
and can be used to copy and paste accented letters and other foreign language
characters characters into any Windows application. The Character Map is
similar to the Insert Symbol tool found in some Windows applications such
as Microsoft Word.
To open the Character Map utility:
Click on the Start (Windows Icon) menu in the lower left, then select All Programs.
Start Menu icon for Windows 7
Select Programs » Accessories » System Tools » Character
Map. TIP: If you use the Character Map a lot, you may want to make a Shortcut (alias) to it on your Desktop or add it to your Start menu.
A window should open which displays a series of characters in a grid as
in the image below.
Windows 7/Vista Character Map
Windows XP Character Map
In the Character Map
Make sure that the Font from the dropdown list matches that
of the document you are creating. If you doing some other function,
such as filling out a Web form, select Times New Roman as the
Look in the grid for the symbol you want. If necessary, use the scroll
bars on the right to view more characters. NOTE: Many Windows fonts include Cyrillic and Greek letters by
default. For other scripts, use Arial Unicode or some other appropriate
If the character you want is not in the grid, change the font to
Arial Unicode MS, Tahoma, Times New Roman,
or some other appropriate font.
To narrow selection by Unicode block, check the Advanced View at the bottom to reveal additional menus. In the Group By menu, select a Unicode Subrange to open a pop-up. Click the block to see available characters in that font.
Windows 7/Vista Character Map with Advanced options visible.
Double-click on any character you wish to insert then click the Select
button to make it appear in the Characters to Copy field. You
can Select more than one character at this time.
Highlight one or more of the characters in the Characters to Copy
field you wish to insert then click the Copy button.
Character Map with "Select" and "Copy" buttons highlighted
Pasting Symbol in Document
Minimize from the Character Map window, and open or switch to the
application window in which you wish to insert the character.
Position your cursor in the location you wish to insert the character.
Under the Edit Menu, choose Paste (or use the keyboard shortcut
Control+V). The character should appear.
If necessary, change the font of the inserted character to the one
selected in the Character Map.