Yet before Windows came, as a DOS user you maybe remember shortcuts like Alt+(numpad064) you could type anywhere to insert @ (character #64).

I'm seeking for a Windows tool which can

  1. Convert typed hexadecimal (or decimal) number to appropriate Unicode character
    Microsoft Word already has sort of this functionality: you type 0A88, press Alt+X and 0A88 gets replaced by .
  2. Type Unicode character selected in pop-up window right into text.

Both features should work regardless of active application, like universal tool sitting on the background.

I already know and use fantastic BabelMap character map but this one fulfills only requirement #2 (and only partially). In many cases I would also need a tool offering feature #1 – while #2 is good-to-have in the same tool, but not mandatory (BabelMap can still be of use).

  • I can't find a script to do it, but I poked around AutoHotKey a bit, and it's capable of dealing with Unicode text. I suspect that you could write an AutoHotKey script that cut the current selection, turn it into a unicode character, and then paste it back down (or perhaps grab the input directly and type the unicode character in). Commented May 5, 2014 at 19:26
  • @MichaelKohne – I'm a big fan of AutoHotKey. I haven't seen nor wrote a solution so far. Still waiting if someone can come up with something interesting here.
    – miroxlav
    Commented May 6, 2014 at 2:52
  • 1
    See also: superuser.com/questions/47420/… Commented Jun 17, 2014 at 19:15
  • 1
    See also superuser.com/questions/13086/… Commented Jun 17, 2014 at 19:20
  • @Oxinabox – why not to create an answer instead of comments? :)
    – miroxlav
    Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 4:48


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