Character Map is a program which lets you browse all of the available glyphs in a typeface. It is developed and published by Microsoft and has been included in every version of Windows since version 3.
Character Map has the following features:
- Shows every character supported in any typeface installed in Windows, though they're filtered by character set.
- Can copy the character to the clipboard and reveals the alt keypad combination.
- Has a search option (though it functions strangely)
Character Map has some annoying limitations like the inability to increase the size of the form, and a search button that clears the search every other click.
When I first used Windows 3 as a child, I had no idea what Character Map was for. To me, it just looked like a list of letters and numbers, and I didn't see the utility of it. It was only later, when I started getting into graphic design and document layout, that I really understood the power of the program.
Although I like Character Map, I have found that BableMap is superior in most ways. The only thing I prefer about Character Map over BableMap is that it automatically hides spaces for glyphs that are not supported by the typeface.