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Where does the "Character Map" program executable reside in Windows XP?

I want to point a short cut to it. I did so via right clicking on the menu icon, but when I try to use it, I get the message that it cannot be found.

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If you go to Start->Run, type charmap, and press enter - does the app come up? – Nathan Osman Apr 7 '10 at 22:01
Yes. I have access to it but I wish to reduce the movements needed to access it. Thanks. – Xavierjazz Apr 7 '10 at 22:25
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On Windows XP it's located in:


But, there should already be a shortcut in the Start Menu:

Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character Map
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Thanks. I know how to find it but I want to make it much easier to get to, so I want to put a shortcut on the task bar. – Xavierjazz Apr 7 '10 at 22:26
OK - I didn't completely understand your question. So, your problem is that the shortcut you create doesn't work? – jmohr Apr 7 '10 at 22:32
Thanks. You seem to have solved my problem. +1 plus accept. Yes the previous shortcut did not work. Best regards. – Xavierjazz Apr 7 '10 at 22:41

You could also find where the executable reside when you open the application, then go to Task Manager, in Application tab right-click on application you want to find and select Go to process. A process of the application will be highlighted, right click on it and select Open File location.

This is possible in Windows 7, I don't know if Task managers of previous versions of Windows can do this though.

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Thanks Andrew. Regards, .......x – Xavierjazz Apr 8 '10 at 3:50
No, previous versions can't do this, but winternals/sysinternals Process Explorer can. – ErikE Apr 8 '10 at 3:58

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