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Using the Character Map

Character Map tool

To display the Character Map:

  • Press Ctrl>+Shift+C, or
  • Select View | Character Map

The Character Map will appear by default docked to the right hand side of the IDE but can be undocked or re-docked on any side of the window.

Using the Character Map

To insert a character:

  1. Position the text cursor where you want to insert the character.
  2. Locate the desired character in the Character Map and insert it by:

    • selecting the character and pressing the Enter key, or
    • double-clicking on the character, or
    • right-clicking on the character and selecting Insert Character.

Insert Modes

There are three insert modes: Code, Character and Name:

  • Code inserts the character's Unicode code
  • Character inserts the character itself
  • Name inserts the character's Unicode name

To change the insert mode:

  1. Right-click on the Character Map.
  2. Highlight the Insert Mode submenu.
  3. Choose the desired mode from the Insert Mode submenu.

Character Map Options

When you right click on the Character Map, the following menu options are displayed:

Insert Character
Inserts the selected character at the cursor position in your document.
Displays the Filter dialog box. See Filtering below.
Displays the Goto dialog box. See Using Goto below.
Allows you to choose a different font for viewing the Character Map. Note: This does not affect the font being used in your document!
Insert Mode
Allows you to select the character insert mode you want. See Insert Modes above.
Display Quality
Allows you to select a different font display quality for the Character Map. The options are:
  • Plain - no font smoothing
  • Antialiased - uses the Windows standard font smoothing
  • ClearType - uses the Windows ClearType font smoothing method

Characters and Fonts

When a character is not available in the selected font, the Character Map will fall back to Code2000, Code2001, Code2002, Arial Unicode MS and Lucida Sans Unicode fonts. If the character is not found in these fallback fonts, the Character Map will use font linking to attempt to find a character from other fonts installed on the system, and as a last resort, will show a square box if no suitable font can be found.

If a character is not displayed from other than the selected font, it will be shown in blue instead of black.


Character Map Filter dialog

The Character Map can be filtered by Unicode character name or character range. Filters can be entered in the Filter By field at the bottom of the Character Map; a quick reference user interface dialog to help you edit the filter is available by clicking the [...] button.

When no filter is applied, the Character Map will show all characters from the Unicode 8.0 standard.

All filter strings are case insensitive. Character names use the letters A-Z, numerals 0-9, and punctuation underscore (_) and hyphen (-).

Spaces between words in the filter are represented either by underscore (_) or space ( ) and can be used interchangeably.

A filter can be for a range or on the Unicode Character Name.

The filter format for a range is: [U+]XXXX-[U+]YYYY, where U+ is optional, XXXX is the starting Unicode value and YYYY is the finishing Unicode value.

The filtering options for Unicode Character Names are:


Filter Result
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A Finds all Latin capital A variations
LATIN * LETTER A finds all Latin capital and lower case A variations
LATIN * LETTER [AEIOU] finds all all Latin A,E,I,O or U vowel combinations
<Thai finds the Thai Unicode block
>LAO finds all characters with names starting in "LAO" in the current font
YI_ finds all characters with names starting in "YI " - you must use _ (underscore) and not (space) at the end of a search string. Note that without the _, this search also matches YIN_YANG.
LATIN * LETTER A$ finds only "a" and "A"
1000-119F finds all characters between U+1000 and U+119F (inclusive) - the Myanmar alphabet in this case


The Goto tool can be used to move directly to a specific Unicode character or value.

  1. Right click on a character and select Goto.
    The Enter Unicode character value or name dialog box will be displayed:
  2. Enter the Unicode character value - e.g. 006B or U+006B
    OR enter the start of the character name, e.g. LAO_LETTER will go to LAO_LETTER_KO, being the first character that matches. You can substitute spaces for underscores if you prefer.
  3. Click OK. The character map will attempt to move to the character you specified.