How to add Character Map shortcut to elementary OS Top Wingpanel

One of the most commonly used features when dealing with lot of documentation and publication work is the Character Map applet from which you can copy the special characters like Ꝏ, Ꝋ, Æ, etc. Microsoft Windows users can access it by running ‘charmap’ in the ‘Run’ box and could be having a tough time to locate the same applet in elementary OS. In this tutorial, I will show you how to add a shortcut applet on the top bar (wingpanel) from which you can quickly access the Character Map tool.

Character Map in elementary OS
Character Map in elementary OS

Add Character Map Applet on Wingpanel

STEP 1: Click ‘Power’ icon and select ‘System Settings’.

STEP 2: Click ‘Keyboard’ icon.

STEP 3: Click ‘+’ on the bottom left of the ‘Keyboard’ window.

STEP 4: In order to show the applet on the wingpanel, we can simply add a additional keyboard layout, for example ‘English (UK)’. Select it from the layout and click ‘Add Layout’.

STEP 5: The layout gets listed in the left pane.

System Settings -Keyboard Layout
System Settings -Keyboard Layout

STEP 6: Click ‘OK’.
You can immediately see a new icon appearing on the top panel. Click on it to access shortcuts to keyboard layouts as well as ‘Character Map’ tool.

Character Map
Character Map

That’s it. Found it useful? Let us know in comments below.
Kiran Kumar
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