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How to Read Wingdings

Updated March 23, 2017

Wingdings is a character set that displays symbols rather than letters. Some users type in wingdings in order to encrypt secret messages or hide "Easter eggs" within their web pages. If you want to read these secret messages, you have to "translate" them. In order to read wingdings, follow this quick and easy tip.

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Identify a block of text written in wingdings. For an example of wingdings, view the Resources section below.

Highlight the wingding text with your cursor. Copy it to your clipboard by pressing "Ctrl-C."

Open a text editor, such as Notepad or Microsoft Word. Paste the wingdings into your text editor by pressing "Ctrl-V."

Select the pasted text and change the font to Times New Roman (or another readable font). You can now read the text.


There are variations of Wingdings called Wingdings 2 and Webdings.

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About the Author

Jack Busch graduated from University of Iowa in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with honors and has been publishing web content ever since. He has contributed to,, and various other tech websites. He also co-authored "Network Your Computer & Devices Step by Step" (Microsoft Press).

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