Unicode contains a few special "characters" which are not displayable by most fonts. I want to use one of them, a video camera.

It seems that such a character exists indeed, and has the codepoint U+1F4F9. When I visit http://graphemica.com/%F0%9F%93%B9, I see it displayed both on the webpage and in Firefox's URL bar. So I assume that I have at least one font on my system which contains the glyph.

url with video camera glyph displays correctly

But when I paste it into Inkscape, I get the empty box for an unknown character, even if I choose a font which usually has many glyphs, like Arial.

How do I find out which of the fonts I have installed can display the "character"?

  • If the font is not recognized (giving you the empty box), it is likely you don't have the font installed on your system. Therefore, you need to install it before it can be used. – CharlieRB Feb 11 '15 at 12:43
  • @CharlieRB the font is installed. I cannot choose to use a font in Inkscape which is not installed. It just doesn't have this very rare glyph. – Rumi P. Feb 11 '15 at 13:58
  • OK. You may want to clarify that in your question; that you have the font installed. – CharlieRB Feb 11 '15 at 15:13
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    Firefox may use its own font in Windows 7 and prior versions because there's no font for emoji in those systems. The font is in <firefox>\fonts\EmojiOneMozilla.ttf and not installed globally – phuclv Oct 14 '17 at 4:58
  • There is a similar question which has been answered here. – jdhao Apr 8 '18 at 15:53

Try this page: www.Fileformat.info


There you can query Unicode characters and get a list of supporting fonts.

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    And it looks like that page can search fonts on your computer too, with a Flash plugin. – yellowantphil Feb 16 '15 at 16:22

I completely understand the question as I ran into the same problem myself:

You know your computer has the font installed because one program displays the content properly, but another program displays the same content as a blank box because it doesn't know what font to use to display properly. And you don't want to scroll through all the fonts to find one that contains the character you want.

Try pasting the copied text/symbol into a blank Microsoft Word doc. The content should appear properly if Word is set to Keep Source Formatting by default for pasted text. If so, select the content and the Word font menu will show you the source font on your computer that contains the necessary character. Granted, there may be others, but at least this is a quick and dirty way to find one font that may be suitable.

  • In Linux, the same can be accomplished with Writer. – Arthur Zennig Jul 18 '18 at 12:01

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