How do you find the Unicode number representation for a given character in Lion?

On Mac OS X 10.6 when hovering the mouse cursor over for example the ⌘ symbol in the "Character Viewer" a tool tip would be displayed containing something like:

Unicode: 2318

UTF8: E2 8c 98

That behavior appears to no longer work on Lion's "Character Viewer"

  • NOTE: I am running Mac OS X Version 10.7.0, if that helps.
    – MrDaniel
    Feb 24, 2012 at 17:52

2 Answers 2


The code points should be shown in the right sidebar if you've enabled the Unicode category from the Customize List… sheet.

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    On Lion? Are you sure? Does not look like it on my machine. Feb 24, 2012 at 17:45
  • How did you get the Unicode to show up there? I just see on the right side "PLACE OF INTEREST SIGN" and then immediately below it the "Add to Favorites" button.
    – MrDaniel
    Feb 24, 2012 at 17:49
  • @HaraldHanche-Olsen It seems to depend on the Unicode category (which corresponds to the All Characters view on 10.6) being shown in the sidebar.
    – Lri
    Feb 24, 2012 at 17:53
  • Perfect, a right under the surface gem, even better than 10.6 now, thanks!
    – MrDaniel
    Feb 24, 2012 at 18:02
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    Oh, I see … that is just amazingly non-intuitive. Feb 24, 2012 at 18:22

Right click on the character, select the one choice from the popup menu: Copy character info. Then paste somewhere. Not as easy as it used to be.

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