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18 April 2011

Finding Typographic Characters

Do you need to use a specialized character in your writing, and you don't know where it is on the keyboard?
You could open the Special Characters Map* in your word processor, or memorize key combinations to produce the sign you want.

Or you could go to http://copypastecharacter.com/, select the character you need, copy it, and paste it into your document.  (There's also an iPhone app for that http://copypastecharacter.com/iphone/)
Screen shot copypastecharacter.com
The site describes itself: "Use Copy Paste Character to insert proper typographic characters, such as “quotation marks” and the interrobang ‽, or simply use it to spice up your e-mail messages, tweets, or text messages with h☺ppy faces, sn☃wmen or → arrows ←.
The character is copied to your clipboard immediately when touched, so you can easily launch the application, touch the character you want, exit and paste your clipboard into any application! ✌"


Drop a link to the site in your bookmark bar, to make it simple to find.
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*To use Windows Character Map Tool  (in Windows 7),
1. From the Start menu,
2. In the Open: textbox, type charmap
3. Click OK.
This little window will open -
Click on the character you need, then Select, then Copy, and paste it where you want to use it.

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If that's too easy, you could memorize all the keyboard codes.  You can find them here.