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I want to type some special character like heart, Ohm sign , in Windows, I could be able to copy these from character map easily, is there any utility alike Windows Character map for Mac ?

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You can find details about the Character Palette at this link from the Mac support site. The procedure is a bit different depending on your version of Mac OS X.

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There should be a small flag in the top right corner of your menu bar, click this and a character map menu will appear - from here you can get an interactive character map that changes when you press down certain operator keys (e.g. apple/ alt etc.); or a character map.

If this flag doesn't seem to be there - check out system preferences, and the click the "international" icon, you should be able to check a box to incorporate the flag in your menu bar from here.

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The Character Palette as mentioned by Gnoupi is IMO the best solution.

But if you prefer a standalone program, the UnicodeChecker might be a solution as well (you can copy&paste the characters from the UnicodeChecker into your program):

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