# Unicode input¶

You can input unicode characters by name, hex code, recently used and even an editable favorites list. Press ctrl+shift+u to start the unicode input widget, shown below.

A screenshot of the unicode input widget

In Code mode, you enter a unicode character by typing in the hex code for the character and pressing enter, for example, type in 2716 and press enter to get ✖. You can also choose a character from the list of recently used characters by typing a leading period and then the two character index and pressing Enter.

In Name mode you instead type words from the character name and use the arrow keys/tab to select the character from the displayed matches. You can also type a leading period and the index for the match if you don't like to use arrow keys.