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.
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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
- For Linux: Press
CTRL+SHIFT+Uand then type the Unicode number.
You should see the Unicode characters at your Cursor position.
In the below image, there are lots of different Unicode characters. This has been picked up from here.
Say you want to add a little snowman and a football from the above table. The corresponding Unicode is
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 contains all characters and, most importantly, emojis as well. And they also can be typed similar way in LibreOffice. This applies to all modules – Writer, Calc, Draw and Impress.
Remember, Unicode support is added in LibreOffice from version 5.0+.
Inserting special characters from menu
- In a situation where the above method doesn’t work, you may try the special character option from the menu.
- From the menu, select Insert > Special characters (for both LibreOffice and OpenOffice).
- The special characters window will open. This shows the available characters according to the fonts installed in your system. If some fonts are missing, you may not find a suitable character. So, you may search for the proper character (or related character for your use case).
- Select the character and click Insert for LibreOffice. And for OpenOffice, click OK.
- And you should see the character inserted in your document at the cursor position.
I hope this helped you to type Unicode and special characters. You can also let me know if you are facing trouble using the comment box below.