How to translate wingdings

Updated February 21, 2017

Wingdings is a font that was released by the Microsoft Corp. in 1992 that uses a series of symbols, or icons rather that traditional Arabic letters. It is a standard font that is installed on all Microsoft word processing applications. The Wingdings font is most often used to translate emotions such as smiley faces, arrows and thumbs up when typing. Translating Wingdings symbols back into readable text takes only a few seconds.

Open up the document, e-mail, or Web page that has the Wingdings font on it.

Place your mouse cursor at one end of the Wingdings text and press down on your left mouse button. Drag the cursor to the other end of the Wingdings text while still holding the left mouse button down. When you have selected all of the text you want to translate, let go of the mouse button.

Hold down the "Ctrl" key and the "C" key on your computer keyboard simultaneously.

Open up any word processing program on your computer.

Position your cursor anywhere in the document and hold down the "Ctrl" key and the "P" key on your keyboard simultaneously.

Select the text again with your cursor just as you did before so that all of the wingding symbols are highlighted.

Locate the font box in the top toolbar and click on the arrow, which is usually located on the right in most programs.

Scroll down the resulting drop down lit until you find a font that is in a readable form and click on it. The Wingdings symbols on the page will be immediately translated into readable text.


If the Wingdings text is already in a word processing document to begin with, start at step 6.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Word processing program
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