RE: Identifying a Unicode character

From: David J. Perry (
Date: Mon Aug 21 2000 - 21:15:42 EDT


Thanks much for the reply; I learned some time ago about alt-x from
somebody on this list (perhaps you!) and have found it very useful; I hoped
there was a reverse procedure and you just provided it. Dare we hope for
option-x and shift-option-x in Mac Word? Good news about the new version too.


At 08:18 AM 8/18/2000 -0800, you wrote:
>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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