Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Jun 2015 13:51 UTC
Windows Windows is an old and complex operating system. It's been around for a very long time, and while it's been continuously updated and altered, and parts are removed or replaced all the time, the operating system still houses quite a few tools, utilities, and assets that haven't been updated or replaced in a long, long time. Most of these are hidden in deep nooks and crannies, and you rarely encounter them, unless you start hunting for them.

Most. But not all.

There's one utility that I need to use quite often that, seemingly, hasn't been updated - at least, not considerably - since at least Windows 95, or possibly even Windows 3.x. Using this utility is an exercise in pure frustration, riddled as it is with terrible user interface design and behaviour that never should have shipped as part of any serious software product.

This is the story of the dreaded Character Map. I'll first explain just how bad it really is, after which I'll dive into the little application's history, to try and find out why, exactly, it is as bad as it is. It turns out that the Character Map - or charmap.exe - seems to exist in a sort-of Windows build limbo, and has been stuck there since the days Microsoft scrapped Longhorn, and started over.

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Comment by sacc
by sacc on Wed 17th Jun 2015 14:25 UTC
sacc
Member since:
2015-06-17

Thom, you must be the only translator on earth not using Popcharwin (http://www.ergonis.com/products/popcharwin/)

Your points are valid, but also moot...

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RE: Comment by sacc
by leos on Wed 17th Jun 2015 14:38 in reply to "Comment by sacc"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

If you happen to need a set of characters or symbols regularly, you'll have to perform the search every single time


Or you can remember their keyboard shortcuts which will be much faster. ALT-225, ALT-132, ALT-149, etc

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