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Windows 7: How enter Unicode Symbols

30 Jul 2016   #1

Win7 64bit
How enter Unicode Symbols

hi , i need to enter and put some Unicode character in various application in windows

i active EnableHexNumpad in registry and putting some character like Alt + 0169 will get the correct result i want

but now i want to use : Unicode Character 'RIGHT-TO-LEFT MARK' (U+200F)

it`s some invisible character that help to sort character for none-English language , any way as instruction i read here

How to type in Microsoft Windows Alt +200F

but combination of Alt +200F not work , cause when the Alt is down and press F in the end , it open file menu in most application in windows !

i think this problem will appear with other Unicode that have "B" and "E" at the end too

so what exactly i must do ? what i misunderstood about this and how can i access this ?

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30 Jul 2016   #2

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If I remember correctly, some keyboards don't support Unicode characters and might require holding down the function (Fn) key prior to entering the Unicode. Windows has a built-in Character map that might be easier to use.

Character Map

If the symbols available don't meet your needs, you could also access Private Character Editor.

Private Character Editor
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30 Jul 2016   #3

Win7 64bit

Thanks for reply

i wonder why the Unicode function are work when i enter only numbers for example Alt + 0169 ©

the problem comes when there is letter at end of numbers for example : Alt + 200F

Cause the Alt + F is shortcut to open menu and not detect this is key are pressed for Unicode

about FN most of Computer keyboard i see till now doesn't have this and i see it on laptops more

i will Try to use Character Map as you recommend and i think it can solve the problem , i`m just curious about these shortcuts that Microsoft give for Unicode Symbols

it`s somehow weird or have some tips to do
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30 Jul 2016   #4

Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

The Character Map is a good one. But if you want to input through keyboard, here are some links you might find interesting.


Alt codes list
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31 Jul 2016   #5

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan

Arioman, understand that the plus sign is part of the code combination, so make sure you type the + (using the numeric pad) in the alt sequence ‘Alt++200f’.
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31 Jul 2016   #6

Windows 10 Pro x64 1909 - 18363.657 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing

The codes you are using are in HEX (base16) format. windows only accepts decimal you have to convert the number shown

Number Base Converter

To enter ASCII characters hold down ALT key and type the three number code on the keypad
For Unicode hold the ALT key and type the four digit code on the keypad (Most have a leading zero which is required)


better convertor here ...

200f = 8207 = ☼
Note the result will vary dependent on the font set in use
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31 Jul 2016   #7

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan

No disrespect intended, Barman58, but not a lot of what you’ve said was said with care.

Alt+### is not the same as Alt+0### which is not the same as Alt++*, where ‘#’ represents a decimal digit and ‘*’ represents any amount of hexadecimal digits.

You’d use Alt+### when you want to retrieve a symbol from the (now legacy), 8-bit OEM code page, and Alt+0### is for producing characters from the ANSI code page, whereas Alt++* is used if you want to draw directly from the Unicode code point which is exactly what Arioman must do to access character U+200F, aka., ‘RIGHT-TO-LEFT MARK’.

Also, 0x200f = 8207 ≠ ☼. To prove this, I’ve a snippet of Python to show, where I identify this strange character ☼ as ‘WHITE SUN WITH RAYS’ and distinguish it from the required ‘RIGHT-TO-LEFT MARK’. I begin by copying the symbol ☼ straight off your post and setting it to a variable c...
>>> import unicodedata as u
>>> '☼'
>>> ord(c)
>>> chr(8207)
>>> c2 chr(8207)

N.B., usage of Alt++* is not enabled by default. EnableHexNumpad must be set in the registry first.
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