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    Holdkey Alternatives

    Holdkey is described as 'Windows program that makes it easy to type characters with accents'. There are more than 10 alternatives to Holdkey for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is BabelMap, which is free. Other great apps like Holdkey are Rocket (Freemium), Character Map (Free), WinCompose (Free, Open Source) and PopChar (Paid).

    This page was last updated Oct 5, 2021

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


    2. Character Map (Charmap.
    3. 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.
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      • 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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    4. SymbSearch lets you easily get unicode-symbols so you can simply paste it into your text you are working on. You don't have to learn by heart the specific numbers of these.
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    5. 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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    6. Extra Keys is a software input panel for typing international accented and other special characters.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • MacPorts
      • XQuartz
      Open source character map for the GNOME desktop environment.
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    7. A small and quick tool for typing special symbols.
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