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Is there a text caret Unicode glyph? I can’t imagine that such a typical character would not be present (especially considering some of the many much less useful code-points).

I have tried searching with every term for it that I can think of (below) but come up empty. The closest I could find was the APL Functional Symbol I-Beam which is close but not quite right (and isn’t even present in many fonts). It should look sort of like a bone:

Screenshot of typical text-select cursor Screenshot of large, hollow text-select cursor

Does anybody know if there is such a character in Unicode?

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^ is ASCII char 94, which is mapped at the beginning of unicode. So unicode 00 09 (where you can leave out the 00). – Hennes Feb 9 '13 at 15:31
Ꮖ was the best I could find on :D – Oliver Salzburg Feb 9 '13 at 15:48
Try searching in and – terdon Feb 9 '13 at 16:20
Hmm, someone down-voted but did not bother to explain what their problem is. If you can’t see a use for having a caret character, then just leave; don’t down-vote just because you don’t need it. – Synetech Feb 10 '13 at 4:01
@down-voter, what’s the problem? You don’t think you would have a use for such a character? Or do you know of one and think it is too easy to find it? Either way, your down-vote is absurd because this is at least as useful as most of the Unicode characters (and infinitely more so in many cases), and it is most certainly not easy to find. (Maybe you just did a very poor job of reading the question and misunderstood it.) – Synetech Nov 29 '13 at 19:30
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Well I think it’s safe to say that no, there is no such character. Part of the proposal process for requesting a Unicode glyph is to perform a search, which I did, but it came up empty.

In addition, every other search I made came up empty, including one with ShapeCatcher which found several decent stand-ins (below), but none that works quite right (is full-height).

I guess until they add one, we’ll have to use CSS to style and size one of these to fit the part.

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None of these work in PowerShell, unfortunately. – Jan Dvorak Jan 31 at 14:48

There is a Unicode character for caret, and it's called "caret". It is U+2038:

You can find it in the General Punctuation category in some character mapping accessories (such as Gnome Character Map). It is not widely available, but it can be found in at least in 50 fonts that are listed on You might not be happy with the design of the character in these fonts, but that's an entirely different issue.

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Hmm, it is similar to the regular caret ^, but aligned to the bottom. It looks like it is indeed supposed to be a caret, but is very old fashioned since that style is never used anymore. It’s also wasteful because you can make it by simply realigning the regular caret. ¬_¬ Unfortunately it won’t cut it because what’s need is an I-beam (terminology is also a problem as can be seen by the wide variety of search I had to try in the question). But +1 for pointing it out (I didn’t even notice the difference from the regular caret for a couple of seconds). – Synetech Aug 18 '13 at 12:49

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