How to copy a character from Font Book on Max OS X Lion?


I'll like to use a symbol font character (upper right in the image, Glyph 5081). How can I copy the character from the Font Book and paste to another app?

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UPDATE: I can find the character at left, but not the one at right:

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1/27/2013 2:22:00 PM

Accepted Answer

The Font Book application can't paste glyphs into other applications.

You would need to use the Character Viewer of OS X. This tool is made to view all Unicode-defined characters in their font-specific renderings. You can then paste the glyph you want into any text input/editing application by double-clicking on the glyph.

Character Viewer is launched via the Keyboard menu in the top menu bar (click on the national flag). If you can't find it in the menu bar, open System Preferences > Language & Text, click on Input Sources. In the left sidebar, checkmark Keyboard and Character Viewer, then checkmark Show Input Menu in Menu Bar.

The Character Viewer can be configured. There have been some changes starting with OS X 10.7, so the handling depends on the version of OS X you have.

Character Viewer also has a special feature for dingbats fonts (Webdings, Wingdings). To activate it, click the gear button âš™ and choose Customize List. Now checkmark Dingbats and also the Unicode-based character groups you want to have available. It will then appear in the list to the left...

If you already know the Unicode address or a part of the name of the character you want, enter it directly into the search field:

Screen shot: Character Viewer in OS X 10.7

2/3/2013 9:44:00 PM

The character viewer sucks if you're trying to use an icon font. I ended up paying $10 for the Ultra Character Map software (from iTunes store) — it lets you view all the characters of a font (like FontBook), lets you see glyph variants (like Character Viewer) and lets you copy an individual glyph (like Character Viewer).

The reason I couldn't use Character Viewer is because it organizes everything by unicode symbol. It's super tedious for me to look up the unicode for the icon font I'm using — in other words, if you don't know the unicode symbol and just want to browse the glyphs of a given typeface, you're hosed in Character Viewer.