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How to Type Unicode Characters in LibreOffice

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This guide explains how easily you can type Unicode characters in LibreOffice.

Unicode is a character encoding standard accepted by all platforms, devices, and languages for computers. All characters including special, display and non-displayable characters, emojis of all English and non-English languages have unique code defined by Unicode. Hence it is very important to know how you can type it in the world’s best free and open-source office platform – LibreOffice.

How to type Unicode Characters in LibreOffice

Follow the below steps to insert Unicode characters in LibreOffice. Remember the steps are different in Windows and Linux systems, so follow accordingly.

For your reference, here is a list of Unicode characters.

  • Open LibreOffice Writer, Calc, Draw, or any modules.
  • Put the cursor where you want to type the Unicode character. 
  • For Windows: Type the Unicode number. Then type ALT+x
  • For Linux: Press CTRL+SHIFT+U and then type the Unicode number.

You should see the Unicode characters at your Cursor position.

Example

In this below image, there are lots of different Unicode characters. This has been picked up from here.

Misc Unicode block
Misc Unicode block

Say you want to add a little snowman and a football from above table. The correconding Unicode is 26C4 and 26BD.

Now you can type the number and then press ALT+X in Windows and in Linux press CTRL+SHIFT+U then type the number. This would look like this:

Unicode Typing in Writer
Unicode Typing in Writer

Unicode contains all characters and most importantly Emoji’s as well. And they also can be typed similar way in LibreOffice. This is applicable for all modules – Writer, Calc, Draw, Impress.

Remember, Unicode support is added in LibreOffice from version 5.0+.

I hope this helped you to type Unicode. You can also let me know if you are facing trouble using the comment box below.


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Ciano

I tried the example on my LO 6.4.4.2 but I get a raw black and white snowman not a colored and refined one

Ciano

Windows

Christof

And on a mac?

Carlos Martinez

Hi, I’m running a MacBookAir (with BIG Sur installed) when I try to write a document in Libre Office (version 7.0.5.2) Because I studying Mandarin Chinese, when I need to write Pinyin with tones I
can not do it properly.
I have to look at special characters, look after the correct one and then paste, this is a very tedious and no efficient method.
I have been looking at the solution you explain about this issue but this solution I can’t use on my Mac (at last I could not make it ) so please If you could help me I would appreciate a lot.
Sincerely Carlos

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