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Characters is described as 'makes it easy for writers, designers and developers to access special characters. They are easily found and copied to your clipboard, either as the character itself or the html code' and is an app in the development category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Characters for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is WinCompose, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Characters are BabelMap, Rocket, Character Map and PopChar.

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Characters makes it easy for writers, designers and developers to access special characters. They are easily found and...

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  1. WinCompose icon

    WinCompose is a compose key for Windows. It allows to easily write special characters such as é ž à û ø ð ¤ Ø « = µ, and many more using short and often very intuitive key combinations.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableWinCompose is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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  2. BabelMap icon

    BabelMap

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com

    BabelMap is a free character map application for Windows that allows you to browse through the entire Unicode character repertoire of over 107,000 characters, or search for a particular character by name or by code point.

    ⚫︎ PortableBabelMap can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  3. Rocket icon

    Rocket

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac

    Rocket is a free Mac app that makes typing emoji faster and easier using Slack-style shortcuts.

    ⚫︎ Dark ModeRocket supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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  4. Character Map icon

    Character Map

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Character Map (Charmap.

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  5. PopChar icon

    PopChar

    • Mac
    • Windows

    The character map that works! PopChar is an application that lets you insert special characters, umlauts and foreign letters into any document. With this character map, there is no need to search for or remember complex keystrokes.

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    SymbSearch

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    A tool for searching unicode-symbols and copying it to the clipboard.

    ⚫︎ PortableSymbSearch can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  7. UnicodeChecker icon

    UnicodeChecker

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

    Mac OS X application to explore Unicode. Analyse and convert Unicode strings for HTML or programming. Supports UniHan, Services, AppleScript and more.

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    UnicodeChecker Main Window displaying basic information about characters
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    Extra Keys

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    Extra Keys is a software input panel for typing international accented and other special characters.

    ⚫︎ LightweightExtra Keys consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeExtra Keys doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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  9. SymWin icon

    SymWin

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    A small and quick tool for typing special symbols.

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    Configure Symbols. Different sets for lowercase and capital letter.
  10. WizKey icon

    WizKey

    • Windows

    WizKey makes it easy to type accented and other special Unicode characters using a standard US/UK keyboard with easy to remember keyboard shortcuts.

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