In the upper right corner of the screen, right beside the clock, you can open the character table which opens a window with a lot of different characters, sorted by categories (currencies, arrows, math symbols, ...). Now my question is how can I know which font serves one specific symbol? For example if I insert the arrow "RIGHTWARDS ARROW FROM BAR" I get only a questionmark in my text. Obviously my font does not contain this symbol but how to know which font DOES contain it? I don't have to try all my 200 fonts, do I? Thank you!

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After you choose the character go to the Font Variation section you might need to click on the triangle at its left side to expand this. This shows the fonts that include the glyph. enter image description here


If you open the Font Variation section of Character Viewer and set Collections to "Containing selected character" it will show all of the fonts that have the character and how they'll display, as shown here:

Character Viewer showing fonts with specific characters

  • Great, thank you for your answer! Mark was a bit faster, so I gave him the acceptance but upvoted your answer as well!
    – strauberry
    Commented May 19, 2011 at 9:06
  • @strauberry LOL, I'm glad you got your answer! I made the fatal mistake of replacing my initial screenshot with one that was a bit narrower so it wouldn't resize and would be easier to read, adding a minute or two to my response. :) Commented May 19, 2011 at 9:19
  • Ok ähh damn :-)
    – strauberry
    Commented May 19, 2011 at 9:46

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