Type characters by using Unicode and code page values

If you know the Unicode (Unicode: A character encoding standard developed by the Unicode Consortium. By using more than one byte to represent each character, Unicode enables almost all of the written languages in the world to be represented by using a single character set.) or code page (code page: A table that relates the binary character codes used by a program to keys on the keyboard or to the appearance of characters on the display. Code pages are a means of providing support for the languages used in different countries/regions.) (hexadecimal) value of a character, you can use the ALT+X keyboard shortcut to enter the character directly in your document.

Identifying the Unicode or code page value of a character

If the character you want to type is already in a Word document, you can identify its Unicode or code page value by using the ALT+X keyboard shortcut, as follows:

  • To identify the Unicode value, place the insertion point to the right of the character, and then press ALT+X. The character is replaced by its Unicode value. Press ALT+X again to switch back to the character.
  • To identify the code page value, type x to the left of the character, place the insertion point to the right of the character, and then press ALT+X. The character is replaced by its code page value. Repeat the process to switch back to the character.

If the character you want to type is not already in a Word document, you can identify its Unicode or code page value by opening the Symbol dialog box, as follows:

  1. On the Insert menu, click Symbol.
  2. On the Symbols tab, locate the character you want to use.
  3. Note the value in the Character code box when the from box displays Unicode (hex) and when the from box displays ASCII (hex). These are the Unicode and code page values for the character, respectively.

 Note   For some operating systems, such as the U.S. English version of Windows XP, the ASCII (hex) and Unicode (hex) values are the same.

Typing a character by using its Unicode value

  1. Type the Unicode (hexadecimal) value of the character.

 Note   The value string can also begin with U+.

  1. Press ALT+X.

Microsoft Word replaces the string to the left of the insertion point with the character you specified.

Typing a character by using its code page value

  1. Type x
  2. Type the code page (hexadecimal) value of the character.
  3. Press ALT+X.
 
 
Applies to:
Word 2003