How to Create a Character Map Shortcut on Your Windows 10 Desktop

create character map shortcut

By default, the Character Map has no shortcut on the Windows desktop. If you frequently need to open and use the Character Map, we recommend that you create a shortcut for the Character Map on your Windows 10 desktop so that you can run the tool easier and faster.

More importantly, creating a Character Map shortcut on the Windows 10 desktop is also useful for novice computer users who don’t know how to find a Character Map tool. Therefore, this article briefly describes how to create desktop shortcuts for Character Map in Windows 10.

3 ways to create a Character Map shortcut on your Windows 10 desktop

  • Way 1: Add Character Map shortcut to the desktop
  • Way 2: Send Character Map shortcut to the desktop
  • Way 3: Send charmap shortcut to the desktop and rename it as Character Map

Way 1: Add Character Map shortcut to Windows 10 desktop

Step 1: Go to the Windows 10 desktop.

Step 2: Right-click an empty area on the desktop and select New > Shortcut from the context menu.

select new and shortcut

Step 3: When Create Shortcut wizard has been opened, type C:\Windows\System32\charmap.exe command in the location box and click Next to continue.

type command

Step 4: To make it easier for you to identify the Character Map shortcut, you can change its name into Character Map and click Finish to create a shortcut for Character Map on Windows 10 desktop.

change its name into character map

Way 2: Send Character Map shortcut to Windows 10 desktop

Step 1: Input character map in the Taskbar Search field, right-click Character Map appeared in the result list and choose Open file location from the drop-down menu.

input character map

Tips: Alternatively, you can also click the Start button > Windows Accessories > Character Map > More > Open file location.

click the start button

Step 2: The File Explorer window will be opened promptly, right-click Character Map shortcut, select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut) from the sub-menu. As you see, the Character Map shortcut appears on the Windows 10 desktop.

right-click character map shortcut

Way 3: Send charmap shortcut to the desktop and rename it as Character Map

Step 1: Open File Explorer in Windows 10.

Step 2: In the File Explorer window, go to Local Disk (C:) > Windows > System32.

go to System32

Step 3: In the System32 directory, scroll down to the charmap application and right-click it to select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut) from the context menu.

open file explorer

Step 4: When charmap shortcut is created successfully that displays on your Windows 10 desktop. You can right-click it and choose Rename option to change its name to Character Map so that you can launch it quickly next time.

choose rename option

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