How to Input Unicode

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Here's how to insert unicode in Microsoft Windows 10, Mac, Linux.

Suppose we want to insert this character:

Microsoft Windows 10

To insert Unicode by hexadecimal

  1. Type the hexadecimal number. For example, type 1f602
  2. Press Alt+x

This works in WordPad, Microsoft word. Does not work in Notepad.

To launch WordPad, press ❖ Window key, then type wordpad

To Insert Unicode by Decimal

  1. Press and hold Alt
  2. Type the decimal number in the number pad. For example, type 128514.
  3. Release Alt

Note: you must have NumΒ Lock on.

Mac

Press ⌘ command+Ctrl+Space to bring up the Characters palette

You can hold βŒ₯Β option key and press a letter/digit key to insert some unicode/math symbols.

You can also create your own keyboard layout to insert emoji/symbols you use often.

[see Mac: How to Change Keybinding]

Linux

How to input unicode depends on your desktop or application.

In Gnome, Press 【Ctrl+Shift+U】, then type the hexadecimal digits, then press Enter.

In LibreOffice 5.1 or later, type the hexadecimal then press Alt+x

Emacs

In emacs, Alt+x insert-char, then type the hexadecimal.

Emacs can also insert by decimal, by name, or setup keyboard shortcuts to insert frequently used ones.

[see Emacs: Unicode Tutorial]

Unicode Search

Try β€œheart face” (without quotes), or 9829, or U+1f60d, or paste emoji πŸ˜‚. (If nothing happens, try Unicode Search for old browser)

back to Unicode Characters βˆ‘ β™₯ πŸ˜„

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  1. Emoji πŸ˜‚
  2. Hand πŸ‘
  3. Food 🍎
  4. Love πŸ’‹
  5. Clothing πŸ‘ 
  6. Animal 🐰
  7. Insect 🐞
  8. Plant 🌡
  9. Sport ⚽
  10. Astrology πŸŒ›
  11. Weather 🌧
  12. Place πŸŽͺ
  13. Signs β›”
  14. Vehicle πŸš€
  15. Things πŸ”ͺ
  16. Tech 🎧
  17. Office πŸ“Œ
  18. UI πŸ—‘
  19. Clock ⏰
  20. Music 🎢
  21. Flags 🏁
  22. Sex ⚀
  23. Stars β˜…
  24. Cross ✚
  25. Games β™ž
  26. Shapes β– 
  27. Box β–“
  28. Dingbats ☭
  29. Keyboard ⌘
  30. Common Β©
  31. Punctuation ❣
  32. Currency €
  33. Circled ❽
  34. Arrow β†’
  35. Bracket «»
  36. Math βˆ‘
  37. Math ℝ
  38. Greek Ξ±
  39. APL ⍝
  40. ASCII ␀
  41. Hieroglyph π“‚€
  42. Unit ㎜
  43. full-width ε…¨

How To

  1. How to Input Unicode
  2. Download Font

Versions

  1. Unicode 11
  2. Unicode 10
  3. Unicode 9
  4. Unicode 8
  5. Unicode 7

Unicode Art

  1. Japan Unicode Art
  2. Unicode Art
  3. Unicode Art Font Emulation
  4. Emoji Tale: Good Night Gone Bad
  5. Unicode Smilies (Β¬_Β¬)

Misc

  1. Emoji Frequency
  2. emoji vs emoticon
  3. Unicode Equivalence
  4. Symbol Become Emoji