On MacOS 10.11 I am constantly going to the Emoji & Symbol viewer to bring in arrows and other kinds of symbols:

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Problems with this interface include:

  • It it bound to the current program, rather than operating system level. So you need to make the window appear for each application you use.
  • It doesn't allow searching by Unichar
  • It doesn't let you see the entire character set

I'm looking for a program that keeps my favorite symbols all in one place in a floating window and lets me easily insert them into the current application. Does such a program exist?

  • @TomGewecke Open for business now... :[)
    – bmike
    Nov 21, 2015 at 22:08
  • I believe it does in fact allow searching by unicode characters. Try typing the hexadecimal number into the search bar.
    – SilverWolf
    May 14, 2018 at 1:42
  • And you can see the entire character set—just enable the “Unicode” category.
    – SilverWolf
    May 14, 2018 at 1:43

2 Answers 2



app screenshot

UnicodeChecker is an excellent app showing each of the possible Unicode characters. Search the more than 110,000 characters by name with a press of Command+F. Frequently updated to keep up with changes in the Unicode standard.

Use the Favorites menu to quickly access your frequently-used characters.

favorites screenshot

  • Even better! It's free!
    – vy32
    Nov 26, 2015 at 0:54

Ultra Character Map should do what you want:

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