Wingdings series
Language(s)Dingbat ornaments
DefinitionsUTC L2/12-368
ClassificationPi fonts
Other related encoding(s)Webdings, Zapf Dingbats, Bookshelf Symbol 7

Wingdings is a series of dingbat fonts that render letters as a variety of symbols. They were originally developed in 1990 by Microsoft by combining glyphs from Lucida Icons, Arrows, and Stars licensed from Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes.[1] Certain versions of the font's copyright string include attribution to Type Solutions, Inc., the maker of a tool used to hint the font.

None of the characters were mapped to Unicode at the time; however, Unicode approved the addition of many symbols in the Wingdings and Webdings fonts in Unicode 7.0.[2][3]

Wingdings

Wingdings
CategorySymbol
Designer(s)Charles Bigelow
Kris Holmes
FoundryBigelow and Holmes, Microsoft Corp.
Date released1990
Wingdings sample text
Sample

Wingdings is a TrueType dingbat font included in all versions of Microsoft Windows from version 3.1[4] until Windows Vista/Server 2008, and also in a number of application packages of that era.[5]

The Wingdings trademark is owned by Microsoft,[4] and the design and glyph order was awarded U.S. Design Patent D341848 in 1993.[6][7] The patent expired in 2005. In many other countries, a Design Patent would be called a registered design. It is registration of a design to deter imitation, rather than a claim of a novel invention.

This font contains many largely recognized shapes and gestures as well as some recognized world symbols, such as the Star of David, the symbols of the zodiac, index or manicule signs, hand gestures, and obscure ampersands.

Mosaic of Wingdings characters

Character set

Wingdings
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
0x
1x
2x  SP  🖉
1F589

2702

2701
👓︎
1F453
🕭
1F56D
🕮
1F56E
🕯
1F56F
🕿
1F57F

2706
🖂
1F582
🖃
1F583
📪︎
1F4EA
📫︎
1F4EB
📬︎
1F4EC
📭︎
1F4ED
3x 🗀
1F5C0
🗁
1F5C1
🗎
1F5CE
🗏
1F5CF
🗐
1F5D0
🗄
1F5C4
⌛︎
231B
🖮
1F5AE
🖰
1F5B0
🖲
1F5B2
🖳
1F5B3
🖴
1F5B4
🖫
1F5AB
🖬
1F5AC

2707

270D
4x 🖎
1F58E

270C
🖏
1F58F
👍︎
1F44D
👎︎
1F44E

261C

261E

261D

261F
🖐
1F590

263A
😐︎
1F610

2639
💣︎
1F4A3
🕱
1F571
🏳
1F3F3
5x 🏱
1F3F1

2708

263C
🌢
1F322

2744
🕆
1F546

271E
🕈
1F548

2720

2721

262A

262F
🕉
1F549

2638
♈︎
2648
♉︎
2649
6x ♊︎
264A
♋︎
264B
♌︎
264C
♍︎
264D
♎︎
264E
♏︎
264F
♐︎
2650
♑︎
2651
♒︎
2652
♓︎
2653
🙰
1F670
🙵
1F675
⚫︎
26AB
🔾
1F53E

25FC
🞏
1F78F
7x 🞐
1F790

2751

2752
🞟
1F79F

29EB

25C6

2756

2B29

2327

2BB9

2318
🏵
1F3F5
🏶
1F3F6
🙶
1F676
🙷
1F677

25AF
8x 🄋
1F10B

2780

2781

2782

2783

2784

2785

2786

2787

2788

2789
🄌
1F10C

278A

278B

278C

278D
9x
278E

278F

2790

2791

2792

2793
🙢
1F662
🙠
1F660
🙡
1F661
🙣
1F663
🙞
1F65E
🙜
1F65C
🙝
1F65D
🙟
1F65F

2219

2022
Ax
2B1D

2B58
🞆
1F786
🞈
1F788
🞊
1F78A
🞋
1F78B
🔿
1F53F

25AA
🞎
1F78E
🟁
1F7C1
🟅
1F7C5

2605
🟋
1F7CB
🟏
1F7CF
🟓
1F7D3
🟑
1F7D1
Bx
2BD0

2316

2BCE

2BCF

2BD1

272A

2730
🕐︎
1F550
🕑︎
1F551
🕒︎
1F552
🕓︎
1F553
🕔︎
1F554
🕕︎
1F555
🕖︎
1F556
🕗︎
1F557
🕘︎
1F558
Cx 🕙︎
1F559
🕚︎
1F55A
🕛︎
1F55B

2BB0

2BB1

2BB2

2BB3

2BB4

2BB5

2BB6

2BB7
🙪
1F66A
🙫
1F66B
🙕
1F655
🙔
1F654
🙗
1F657
Dx 🙖
1F656
🙐
1F650
🙑
1F651
🙒
1F652
🙓
1F653

232B

2326

2B98

2B9A

2B99

2B9B

2B88

2B8A

2B89

2B8B
🡨
1F868
Ex 🡪
1F86A
🡩
1F869
🡫
1F86B
🡬
1F86C
🡭
1F86D
🡯
1F86F
🡮
1F86E
🡸
1F878
🡺
1F87A
🡹
1F879
🡻
1F87B
🡼
1F87C
🡽
1F87D
🡿
1F87F
🡾
1F87E

21E6
Fx
21E8

21E7

21E9

2B04

21F3

2B01

2B00

2B03

2B02
🢬
1F8AC
🢭
1F8AD
🗶
1F5F6

2713
🗷
1F5F7
🗹
1F5F9
Windows icon[a]
  1. ^ The character 255 (FF) represents the Windows icon, which as a corporate logo has no Unicode point. Similar Unicode characters include U+1FA9F 🪟︎ WINDOW. Compare the status of the Apple logo in Mac OS Roman and Mac OS Symbol.

Wingdings 2

Wingdings
CategoryDingbat
Designer(s)Charles Bigelow
Kris Holmes
FoundryType Solutions
Wingdings 2 sample text
Sample

Wingdings 2 is a TrueType font distributed with a variety of Microsoft applications, including Microsoft Office up to version 2010.[5] The font was developed in 1990 by Type Solutions, Inc. The current copyright holder is Microsoft Corporation. Among the features of Wingdings 2 are 16 forms of the index, Enclosed Alphanumerics from 0 to 10, multiple forms of ampersand and interrobang, several geometric shapes and an asterism.

Mosaic of Wingdings 2 characters

Character set

Wingdings 2
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
0x
1x
2x  SP  🖊
1F58A
🖋
1F58B
🖌
1F58C
🖍
1F58D

2704

2700
🕾
1F57E
🕽
1F57D
🗅
1F5C5
🗆
1F5C6
🗇
1F5C7
🗈
1F5C8
🗉
1F5C9
🗊
1F5CA
🗋
1F5CB
3x 🗌
1F5CC
🗍
1F5CD
📋︎
1F4CB
🗑
1F5D1
🗔
1F5D4
🖵
1F5B5
🖶
1F5B6
🖷
1F5B7
🖸
1F5B8
🖭
1F5AD
🖯
1F5AF
🖱
1F5B1
🖒
1F592
🖓
1F593
🖘
1F598
🖙
1F599
4x 🖚
1F59A
🖛
1F59B
👈︎
1F448
👉︎
1F449
🖜
1F59C
🖝
1F59D
🖞
1F59E
🖟
1F59F
🖠
1F5A0
🖡
1F5A1
👆︎
1F446
👇︎
1F447
🖢
1F5A2
🖣
1F5A3
🖑
1F591
🗴
1F5F4
5x 🗸
1F5F8
🗵
1F5F5

2611

2BBD

2612

2BBE
⮿
2BBF
🛇
1F6C7

29B8
🙱
1F671
🙴
1F674
🙲
1F672
🙳
1F673

203D
🙹
1F679
🙺
1F67A
6x 🙻
1F67B
🙦
1F666
🙤
1F664
🙥
1F665
🙧
1F667
🙚
1F65A
🙘
1F658
🙙
1F659
🙛
1F65B

24EA

2460

2461

2462

2463

2464

2465
7x
2466

2467

2468

2469

24FF

2776

2777

2778

2779

277A

277B

277C

277D

277E

277F
8x
2609
🌕︎
1F315

263D

263E
⸿
2E3F

271D
🕇
1F547
🕜︎
1F55C
🕝︎
1F55D
🕞︎
1F55E
🕟︎
1F55F
🕠︎
1F560
🕡︎
1F561
🕢︎
1F562
🕣︎
1F563
🕤︎
1F564
9x 🕥︎
1F565
🕦︎
1F566
🕧︎
1F567
🙨
1F668
🙩
1F669

22C5
🞄
1F784

2981

25CF

25CB
🞅
1F785
🞇
1F787
🞉
1F789

2299
⦿
29BF
🞌
1F78C
Ax 🞍
1F78D
◾︎
25FE

25A0

25A1
🞑
1F791
🞒
1F792
🞓
1F793
🞔
1F794

25A3
🞕
1F795
🞖
1F796
🞗
1F797
🞘
1F798

2B29

2B25

25C7
Bx 🞚
1F79A

25C8
🞛
1F79B
🞜
1F79C
🞝
1F79D
🞞
1F79E

2B2A

2B27

25CA
🞠
1F7A0

25D6

25D7

2BCA

2BCB

2BC0

2BC1
Cx
2B1F

2BC2

2B23

2B22

2BC3

2BC4
🞡
1F7A1
🞢
1F7A2
🞣
1F7A3
🞤
1F7A4
🞥
1F7A5
🞦
1F7A6
🞧
1F7A7
🞨
1F7A8
🞩
1F7A9
🞪
1F7AA
Dx 🞫
1F7AB
🞬
1F7AC
🞭
1F7AD
🞮
1F7AE
🞯
1F7AF
🞰
1F7B0
🞱
1F7B1
🞲
1F7B2
🞳
1F7B3
🞴
1F7B4
🞵
1F7B5
🞶
1F7B6
🞷
1F7B7
🞸
1F7B8
🞹
1F7B9
🞺
1F7BA
Ex 🞻
1F7BB
🞼
1F7BC
🞽
1F7BD
🞾
1F7BE
🞿
1F7BF
🟀
1F7C0
🟂
1F7C2
🟄
1F7C4
🟆
1F7C6
🟉
1F7C9
🟊
1F7CA

2736
🟌
1F7CC
🟎
1F7CE
🟐
1F7D0
🟒
1F7D2
Fx
2739
🟃
1F7C3
🟇
1F7C7

272F
🟍
1F7CD
🟔
1F7D4

2BCC

2BCD

203B

2042

Wingdings 3

Wingdings 3
CategorySymbol
Designer(s)Charles Bigelow
Kris Holmes
FoundryType Solutions
Wingdings 3 sample text
Sample

Wingdings 3 is a TrueType dingbat font distributed with Microsoft Office (up to version 2010) and some other Microsoft products.[5]

The font was originally developed in 1990 by Type Solutions, Inc. Currently,[when?] the copyright holder is Microsoft Corporation. Wingdings 3 consists almost entirely of arrow variations and includes many symbols for keytops as defined in ISO/IEC 9995-7.

Mosaic of Wingdings 3 characters

Character set

Wingdings 3
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
0x
1x
2x  SP 
2B60

2B62

2B61

2B63

2B66

2B67

2B69

2B68

2B70

2B72

2B71

2B73

2B76

2B78

2B7B
3x
2B7D

2B64

2B65

2B6A

2B6C

2B6B

2B6D

2B4D

2BA0

2BA1

2BA2

2BA3

2BA4

2BA5

2BA6

2BA7
4x
2B90

2B91

2B92

2B93

2B80

2B83

2B7E
⭿
2B7F

2B84

2B86

2B85

2B87

2B8F

2B8D

2B8E

2B8C
5x
2B6E

2B6F

238B

2324

2303

2325

2423

237D

21EA

2BB8
🢠
1F8A0
🢡
1F8A1
🢢
1F8A2
🢣
1F8A3
🢤
1F8A4
🢥
1F8A5
6x 🢦
1F8A6
🢧
1F8A7
🢨
1F8A8
🢩
1F8A9
🢪
1F8AA
🢫
1F8AB
🡐
1F850
🡒
1F852
🡑
1F851
🡓
1F853
🡔
1F854
🡕
1F855
🡗
1F857
🡖
1F856
🡘
1F858
🡙
1F859
7x
25B2

25BC

25B3

25BD

25C0

25B6

25C1

25B7

25E3

25E2

25E4

25E5
🞀
1F780
🞂
1F782
🞁
1F781
8x 🞃
1F783

2BC5

2BC6

2BC7

2BC8

2B9C

2B9E

2B9D

2B9F
🠐
1F810
🠒
1F812
🠑
1F811
🠓
1F813
🠔
1F814
🠖
1F816
🠕
1F815
9x 🠗
1F817
🠘
1F818
🠚
1F81A
🠙
1F819
🠛
1F81B
🠜
1F81C
🠞
1F81E
🠝
1F81D
🠟
1F81F
🠀
1F800
🠂
1F802
🠁
1F801
🠃
1F803
🠄
1F804
🠆
1F806
🠅
1F805
Ax 🠇
1F807
🠈
1F808
🠊
1F80A
🠉
1F809
🠋
1F80B
🠠
1F820
🠢
1F822
🠤
1F824
🠦
1F826
🠨
1F828
🠪
1F82A
🠬
1F82C
🢜
1F89C
🢝
1F89D
🢞
1F89E
🢟
1F89F
Bx 🠮
1F82E
🠰
1F830
🠲
1F832
🠴
1F834
🠶
1F836
🠸
1F838
🠺
1F83A
🠹
1F839
🠻
1F83B
🢘
1F898
🢚
1F89A
🢙
1F899
🢛
1F89B
🠼
1F83C
🠾
1F83E
🠽
1F83D
Cx 🠿
1F83F
🡀
1F840
🡂
1F842
🡁
1F841
🡃
1F843
🡄
1F844
🡆
1F846
🡅
1F845
🡇
1F847

2BA8

2BA9

2BAA

2BAB

2BAC

2BAD

2BAE
Dx
2BAF
🡠
1F860
🡢
1F862
🡡
1F861
🡣
1F863
🡤
1F864
🡥
1F865
🡧
1F867
🡦
1F866
🡰
1F870
🡲
1F872
🡱
1F871
🡳
1F873
🡴
1F874
🡵
1F875
🡷
1F877
Ex 🡶
1F876
🢀
1F880
🢂
1F882
🢁
1F881
🢃
1F883
🢄
1F884
🢅
1F885
🢇
1F887
🢆
1F886
🢐
1F890
🢒
1F892
🢑
1F891
🢓
1F893
🢔
1F894
🢖
1F896
🢕
1F895
Fx 🢗
1F897

Controversy

See also: Bookshelf Symbol 7

"NYC" in Wingdings

In 1992, only days after the release of Windows 3.1, it was discovered that "NYC" (New York City) in Wingdings was rendered as a skull and crossbones symbol, Star of David, and thumbs up gesture. This was often said to be an antisemitic message referencing New York's large Jewish community.[8] Microsoft strongly denied this was intentional, and insisted that the final arrangement of the glyphs in the font was largely random. "NYC" in the later-released Webdings font was intentionally rendered as eye, heart, and city skyline, referring to the I Love New York logo.[9]

"Q33 NY" in Wingdings

After September 11, 2001, an email was circulated claiming that "Q33 NY", which it claims is the flight number of the first plane to hit the Twin Towers, in Wingdings would bring up a character sequence of a plane flying into two rectangular paper sheet icons which may be interpreted as skyscrapers, followed by the skull and crossbones symbol and the Star of David.[8] This is a hoax; the flight numbers of the airplanes that hit the towers were AA11 and UA175; the tail numbers were N334AA and N612UA.[10]

In popular culture

In the indie video game Undertale, a hidden character known as W. D. Gaster uses the Wingdings typeface to speak.[11] In specific, Gaster uses it to speak during his Lab Entry #17, and on older versions of the Deltarune website.[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ Notes on Lucida designs(by Charles Bigelow, November 2005)
  2. ^ Unicode 7.0.0 Pictographic symbols (including many emoji), geometric symbols, arrows, and ornaments originating from the Wingdings and Webdings sets
  3. ^ Wingdings and Webdings Symbols (Unicode document 11-052) by Michel Suignard, 2011-02-15, the study of the repertoire and possibilities of unification
  4. ^ a b Fonts supplied with Windows 3.1.
  5. ^ a b c Wingdings font family
  6. ^ Typeface - Google Patent Search
  7. ^ United States Patent: D341848
  8. ^ a b "Does Microsoft's Wingdings font includes hidden anti-Semitic and 9/11-referential messages?". Snopes.com. 11 December 2005. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  9. ^ MS Denies Wingding Thing, Again|Wired Magazine[dead link]
  10. ^ Christensen, Brett M. (9 February 2017). "Q33 NY Wingdings Hoax – Elevens and the Wrath of the Eagle". Hoax-Slayer. Archived from the original on 1 July 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  11. ^ Creswell, Jacob (2021-08-14). "Undertale: Who Is W. D. Gaster?". CBR. Retrieved 2023-10-18.
  12. ^ "Deltarune.com on the Internet Archive".