FAQ

FAQ on Using Symbols in Windows

FAQ on Using Symbols in Mac

What is Character Viewer in Mac?

Character Viewer is an independent app supplied by default with macOS operating system. You can use Character Viewer app to insert emoji, symbols and special characters on all macOS applications without changing the keyboard input method.

How to Open Character Viewer in Mac?

  • Press “Command + Control + Space” keys together to open Character Viewer app in Mac. Alternatively, you can open the app by going to “Edit > Emoji & Symbols” menu when you are using any applications.
  • Position the cursor where you want to insert the symbol and double click the symbol on Character Viewer app to insert that symbol.

Character Viewer Modes

By default, the app will open in a mini mode like below.

Character Viewer App in Mac

Character Viewer App in Mac

Click on the symbols icon on the top right corner to expand the app to full view mode.

Character Viewer App in Full Mode

Character Viewer App in Full Mode

Categories of Symbols Available

Below are the default categories of symbols available in Character Viewer app.

  • Emoji (this category contains many sub-categories of emoji symbols)
  • Arrows
  • Bullets / Stars
  • Currency Symbols
  • Latin
  • Letterlike Symbols
  • Math Symbols
  • Parentheses
  • Pictographs
  • Punctuation

Click on the gear icon on the top left and choose “Customize List…” to add more categories to the sidebar list.

Customize Category List

Customize Category List

Font Variation and Related Characters

Character Viewer in Mac has many advantages compared to Character Map in Windows.

  • You can see the related characters to find relevant symbols.
  • Multiple font variation to get the symbol variations.
  • You can add the symbols to favorites by clicking on “Add to Favorites” button and quickly insert whenever needed.
Font Variation and Related Characters

Font Variation and Related Characters

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How to Insert Emoji in iPhone?

Apple offers a dedicated emoji keyboard to insert emoji symbols in iPhone and iPad.

  • When you are typing in a text box, tap on the globe icon on your keyboard.
  • Choose “Emoji” as your keyboard.
  • Tap on the emoji symbol you want to insert.