PopChar Win

Most of your fonts contain thousands of characters, many more than you can access from the keyboard.

If you want to get the most out of your fonts, then PopChar is the right tool for you.

PopChar makes "typing" of unusual characters easy without having to remember keyboard combinations.

Whenever you need a special character, PopChar is there to help.

Click the "P" in the task bar to display a table of characters. Select the desired character and it instantly appears in your document.

PopChar works with all modern applications that support Unicode. It makes it easy to navigate and search within fonts that contain thousands of characters. Search for characters by their names, find fonts that contain certain characters, explore the character set of fonts, collect your favorite characters, insert HTML symbols. PopChar makes all these font-related tasks easy.

With PopChar, you can also take a look at fonts from a designer's perspective – see a font preview, check out what a given text fragment looks like in a certain font, and print beautiful font sheets.

Starting with PopChar 7, you can even find special characters by simply drawing them.

Words cannot describe the huge benefits PopChar offers to you. See yourself in this short demo movie.

Believe it or not - PopChar has now been around for over 25 years. To read more about the milestones in the development of PopChar, see the History of PopChar.

Features, Installation, Requirements


For more information on how to find special characters,visit the Features page


To install PopChar Win, download the installer from our downloads page.

Once your download is complete, just double-click the installer and follow the suggested steps. After installation you can immediately start using PopChar Win - no restart required.

As long as you do not have a license key, PopChar Win operates in trial mode: some special characters are dimmed in the PopChar window. When you purchase a license key and enter it in the Registration window of PopChar Win, the dimmed characters will immediately become active.


  • PopChar Win runs on
    Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP.


The current version of PopChar Win is available in English and German.

in PopChar 7: Find characters by drawing their shapes

With PopChar 7, finding a special character is as easy as drawing it on the screen.

With PopChar, inserting any character is as easy as clicking it in the PopChar table, and you can even search large fonts for characters by their Unicode names. Unfortunately, you often don't know the Unicode name of the desired character, so you don't know which search terms to enter. But you do know what the desired character looks like. With PopChar 7, you can now simply show PopChar what you want.

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PopChar 7 introduces a new "Shape Finder", which allows you to draw the shape of a character on the screen to tell PopChar what you are looking for. You just draw the approximate shape and click the Find button and PopChar comes up with all characters that resemble this shape. It has never been easier to find special characters, even in Unicode fonts with thousands of characters.

in PopChar 7: Find similar characters

Easily find similar shapes based on a known character.

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The Shape Finder can also be used with PopChar's new "Find Similar Shape" context command, which allows you to start with a character in the table, optionally add a few extra strokes, and quickly find characters that look similar.


in PopChar Win 7.1: Show pronunciations and meanings of Chinese characters

Starting with version 7.1, PopChar Win knows the Mandarin pronunciations of more than 40,000 and English descriptions of more than 20,000 Chinese characters.

Point at a character to see these details at the bottom of the PopChar window.

You can also search for words in descriptions. For example, simply enter an English word in PopChar's search field to quickly find all Chinese characters whose descriptions contain that word.

in PopChar 7: Optimized font list

optimized font menuThe font list to the left of the character table shows all available fonts. With the check box at the bottom, you can choose to show each font name in its own font.

Whenever you insert a character from a font, PopChar adds that
font to the pop-up menu that contains the recently used fonts. You can control the number of fonts to be listed here in PopChar’s preferences.

If you have hundreds of fonts installed, you will appreciate the new font filter of PopChar 7: Enter part of a font name, such as "script", and PopChar shows all fonts whose names contain "script".

You can also filter the font list according to other categories, e.g., show only those fonts that contain a special character, or filter to see only your favorite fonts.

BTW, PopChar remembers the current font setting separately for each application. For example, you can select Times as the font to be displayed when you work with Word, and Arial as the font for NotePad.


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