RE: Identifying a Unicode character

From: Murray Sargent (
Date: Fri Aug 18 2000 - 12:30:24 EDT

If you can get the text into a Win32 RichEdit control version 3.0 or later
(Office 2000 and/or Windows 2000 in WordPad), type Shift+Alt+x after the
character and the character will be replaced by its Unicode hexadecimal
value. If you type Alt+x, that code gets converted back into the Unicode

In the next version of Office, Word also supports Alt+x and makes it into a
toggle, that is, Alt+x will toggle a character back and forth between the
character and the character's Unicode hex value. RichEdit 4.0 does the
same. Having used this facility for a couple of years now, I can't imagine
living without it. The method is quite portable and could be used readily
on nonWindows OSs.


-----Original Message-----
From: David J. Perry []
Sent: Thu, August 17, 2000 4:09 AM
To: Unicode List
Subject: Identifying a Unicode character


If I receive a Word document created with a font I don't have, and my
Unicode fonts (even Lucida Sans Unicode or Arial Unicode) don't have that
character, is there any way to find out what Unicode value underlies the
little rectangle that is displayed? Then I could look up the value and
find out what the character is supposed to be. I know how to get Word to
convert a hex number into a real Unicode character--but can one do the

Thanks -- David

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