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  • I want to create a keyboard shortcut for special characters in Unicode using Alt + ???? but the characters that I want to use are not inside the Default Map Setting. How do I change the setting so that I can use Special characters Globally inside any application?
    Sunday, April 25, 2010 12:48 AM


  • Where are you getting these characters from if not from Character Map?  Another program (if so, what name and version and web site)?

    Here's an article on how to use Character Map in Vista: http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/93584-character-map.html.

    Here's a FAQ about Character Map that seems like it might contains anwers to your question: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Using-special-characters-Character-Map-frequently-asked-questions.

    Here's an article on how to create your own special characters to insert into Character Map: http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/93628-private-character-editor.html.

    Here is a free Character Map program that may accomplish what you want without using Vista's Character Map (though getting it to work inside any application and with pre-selected keyboard shortcuts may present a problem (unless you add an option to go to it quickly with one click to the right click context menu  I don't know if it will work but I think it does as it is a java application - I'm not sure since I don't know how it functions but at least you may be able to access or add the characters you can't using the version in Vista). http://download.cnet.com/Character-Map-Java/3000-2316_4-10861904.html.  It's probably worth a try.

    There may be other commercial products that offer greater functionality and perhpas will do what you're looking for - but I try to avoid recommending commercial products and stick with freeware.  You can check for yourself on Bing and/or Google.

    I can't find any way to add direct access to the character map from various programs (or even within Vista itself) - the option described above to add it to the right click context menu seems like the clostest and best workaround.  The abiity to create/edit your own characters listed above may allow you to add the missing characters you want - I'm not certain (it depends on how they are deigned and saved).  It is possible this feature exists in certain programs and can be activated - but that would be program-specific and you'd need to check each one to see if has such a feature.  It can't be turned on "globally" within Vista.

    I hope this helps.

    Good luck!

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    • Marked as answer by robertlamour Sunday, October 24, 2010 9:22 PM
    Sunday, April 25, 2010 4:35 PM