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Windows 7: How do I type Unicode characters in Windows 7?

15 Dec 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit [Full Retail Vista Upgrade w/ x86/x64]

I agree. Character Map makes a notepad document unnecessary. But I'm still peeved about not being able to produce many of the characters. Wasn't there a registry setting in XP where you changed something like "HexNumber" or whatever (a string value) from 0 to 1? Did that actually allow you to make those characters with only the keyboard? And if so, how did it work? Anybody know?


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15 Dec 2010   #12

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

You can also right click it and pin it to the taskbar. That way it will be easy to find.
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16 Dec 2010   #13
James Colbert


You could always find a macro utility and create keyboard macros (shortcuts) for the characters/strings you use regularly (although it's likely that you found a working solution for this months ago).

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03 Jan 2013   #14

Windows 7 Professional x64

Sorry to revive this old thread, but the information given in it is actually incorrect. It is in fact possible to type any Unicode character directly from the keyboard in Windows 7. Azathoth remembered correctly about the registry key. Here is how to activate it:

  1. Open regedit
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Input Method
  3. If it doesn't exist, create a new string value named EnableHexNumpad
  4. Set its value to 1
  5. Log out and back in to apply the configuration
Now you can type any Unicode character by pressing and holding Alt, then typing a + followed by the hexadecimal Unicode (as displayed in Character Map as 'U+....', just leave out the U). Note that while for entering ASCII characters you must use the number pad keys, you must not use them for entering Unicode characters. It only works if you use the number keys above the letters. You can use the + key on the number pad though.
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07 Aug 2013   #15
Claudiu Balanea

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

You may generate unicode characters on GTK applications (Pidgin e.g.) as follows CTRL+SHIFT+u, release all keys + type the unicode + type space. Example: Pi = ctrl+shift+u+03C0+space
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