Dingbats and Wingdings

Dingbats and Wingdings: Part 2 of Fun Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Your Computer

Today I’m sharing 2 posts each highlighting some “Fun Thing You Can Do With Your Computer.”  Instead of putting them all together in one post, I’ve posted each one separately so if you wish to refer back to any of these later, you won’t have to scroll through lots of info to get to what you need.

This is Part 2.  (You’ll find Part 1 HERE)

For future reference, you’ll find this post and other Blogging Tips and Tutorials under the DIY/Blogging category at the top of BNOTP home page.

Have fun!

Character Maps:  Dingbats and Wingdings:  

Have you ever heard of Dingbats and Wingdings.  They are little symbols, shapes, and fonts you may wish to use occasionally in your writing.    

Here’s the definition of what a character and character map is from the Windows site:

What is a special character?

A special character is a character that cannot be found on your keyboard. You can insert special characters by using Character Map or by pressing a combination of keys on your keyboard.

What is Character Map?

Character Map enables you to view the characters that are available in a selected font. Using Character Map, you can copy individual characters or a group of characters to the Clipboard and paste them into any program that can display them.

If you have a computer with a Windows operating system, character maps are already available on your computer.  

Here’s a tiny example of just some of the fun dingbat/wingding symbols you’ll find.  There are zillions!

To find the Character Map on your windows computer so you can see what’s available, do the following:

Click on the start Menu
Go to:  All Programs
Click on the Accessories (folder)
Click on System Tools (folder)
Click on Character Map

Be sure to click on the drop down menu at the top to see the hundreds of different character maps and characters available.  The number of available choices is mind-boggling!

To actually access/use one of the little character images in a document, you can use your arrow keys to scroll through all the images.  Once you find an image you wish to use:

Click on the character you wish to use.
Click “Select” which selects the character
Click on “Copy”
Click on your document where you wish to insert the character
Right Click and select “Paste”  and your character should appear

You can resize the image as you see fit for your document.

NOTE: If you wish to access the Character Map easily again you may want to “pin” it to your Start Menu. To do that, just right click on Character Map and select “Pin to Start Menu.”

Have fun playing with all these fun options!

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  1. Carole Matalon says:

    Thank you so much for this 3 part series…It has been so educational & I printed it out & will keep it handy on my corkboard beside my computer!

  2. StagerLinda says:

    Such valuable info! Computer 'stuff' is not my fav but since starting my blog I'm learning as much as I can. Thanks so much!

  3. Coastal Cottage Dreams says:

    Thanks for all the tips! It is very helpful!

  4. Susan, you never cease to amaze me! Your brain must be exactly like my daughter's – going 90 miles an hour at all times. This is such valuable information and I really appreciate your going to the trouble to research it and, then, share with the rest of us. A million thanks!

  5. Last year I learned that with my Embroidery Machine software, that I could actually pull out any of these characters and embroider them with my machine!!! Now there's a twist!!

  6. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Karen, that's amazing! Great idea!

  7. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks Diane! 🙂

  8. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks Carole…hope it helps!

  9. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Linda, just play and have fun!

  10. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Great! So glad!

  11. DaCraftyLady Debb says:

    I learned that awhile ago and yes they are fun to use and add in your posts. 🙂 Great tutorial…

  12. Thanks Susan, I am going to check these things out on my MAC.

  13. I always wondered how my friends got all these cute little characters on their facebook pages but was embarrassed to ask. Now I can impress someone…..anyone 🙂 Thanks for the information!

  14. martinealison says:

    Vos publications sont toujours d'une aide précieuse… Gros bisous

  15. Tracy F. says:

    Thanks! I'm amazed that I tried something and it actually worked the first time!

  16. DownTheLaneWithDaisy says:

    Great info. Thank you.

  17. Tisha Joiner says:

    The information is priceless.

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