How to create your own characters with the Private Character Editor from Windows

Private Character Editor

How to use existing characters to create your own characters

The Private Character Editor also allows you to select a pre-existing symbol to be used as a reference for your new character. Start by opening the Window menu and click or tap on Reference.

Private Character Editor, Windows

Click or tap the Font button to choose the font.

Private Character Editor, Windows

Select the font and the font style and then press OK.

Private Character Editor, Windows

Then, select the character you want to use as a reference and press OK. The reference symbol is opened in a new 50x50 grid, on the right-hand side.

Private Character Editor, Windows

You can select any part of the reference character and copy it to your symbol. Select the area you are interested in and drag it on your canvas.

You should also be aware of the fact that you cannot modify the reference symbol.

Private Character Editor, Windows

Once you have finished working with a reference character, open the Window menu again and click or tap on "Close reference" to close the symbol.

Private Character Editor, Windows

If you want your new character to be based on an existing character, the Private Character Editor gives you the option to copy it on the canvas. This will replace completely what you already have drawn. Open the Edit menu and click or tap on "Copy Character."

Private Character Editor, Windows

Click or tap on the Font button and select the desired font and font style. Then, select the character you want to copy and click OK.

Private Character Editor, Windows

The character you chose is loaded on your canvas, and you will now be able to edit it.

Private Character Editor, Windows

Once you have made your edits, you can save it as a new character, just like we have shown you on the previous page of this guide.

How to edit a previously created character

To edit a character you previously designed, open the Edit menu and click or tap "Select Code."

Private Character Editor, Windows

From the grid, pick the box associated with the character and click or tap on OK.

Private Character Editor, Windows

The character is now opened, and you can use the tools mentioned in the sections above to edit it.

Private Character Editor, Windows

This is it!

Frequently asked questions from readers

Some of our readers asked if you can associate a keyboard shortcut to private characters that you create using Private Character Editor. The answer is no; Windows does not offer a built-in feature for that. However, if you need such a feature, you could try looking at third-party alternatives such as AutoHotkey.

Others also asked about how to use the new characters they create in documents which they intend to send to other people. Unfortunately, the Private Character Editor is, first and foremost, a Private Character Editor: the symbols you create with it are intended only for personal use, not for distributing. You cannot use private characters on other computers, at least not by ordinary means.

Conclusion

Now you are free to test your designer skills and creativity by creating new symbols with the Private Character Editor. Play with each of the tools and options available and see how easy it is to make a new character. Next, insert your new characters into documents and give them a touch of originality.

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