AllChars provides a quick, easy-to-remember way of creating accents like é Ü ç î æ and special characters like ƒ ² ‰ © £ ± ß ° 1/2 ¿ « » ™ „ in most Windows programs. AllChars emulates the *nix Compose key on Windows.

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  • Allchars works perfect.

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  • If you need full documentation of the compose key sequences defined in Xorg, please see Compose Key Sequence Reference Guide 2012, ISBN 1-4681-4110-4.

  • AllChars was a great piece of software in the 2000's and I have been using it a lot, with great success and productivity. Unfortunately, v5 has been in beta since 2009: is this project abandoned? After a switch from 32-bit WinXP to 64-bit Win8 I decided to find another solution: - MS International Keyboard Layout provides some AllChars' shortcuts, but not all, by far. - MS provides an International Keyboard Layout editor called Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator. - Other options are: or or even (but I haven't tried these at all)...

  • I used it many years, specially together with Firefox on Wikipedia, but I never could get it to work on Windows 7 (64). Since I had some typing problems after a real bad meningitis it was really difficult for me to write without AllChars. I have been waiting for a new version, 5.0 or something, in two years now, but I think the allchars project has closed down by some new owner. There is no version 5 for Windows 7. Last time it worked it was 4.? and I used Windows XP. Life seems to be like this, as soon as I find something useful and good – it could be AllChars or a TV series or a good schampoo or something else very useful – they close it down. Fast fox is an alternative text expander, but not so god as Allchars. It really saved me /Stefan

  • Been using AllChars since W98 (still running on my old Dell Dimension); finally got 5.0 to work on my Win7x64 system. Not real crazy about the switch from .ini to .xml, but i'm learning; using Notepad++ helps. Seems to be working with everything -- Notepad, FireFox, various genealogy programs, and the virtual Word & Excel that come in W7 Home Premium. Tried out PhraseExpress -- way more than i needed. ¡¡Thanks for keeping AC running!!

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Intended Audience

End Users/Desktop

User Interface

Win32 (MS Windows)

Programming Language

C#, Delphi/Kylix