Character Palette Bookmarklet

Posted in web at 3:20 pm by danvk

The other day, I noticed that one of my friends had Wikipedia’s article on the em dash bookmarked in her toolbar. While that article is a gem of punctuation literature, it turned out that she would go to it, select an em dash, and copy/paste it into emails.

A better way to do this is with a bookmarklet. Drag this to your browser’s bookmark toolbar:

character palette

Click the bookmarklet on any page. You’ll see a character palette like this:


Select the character you like and either copy/paste it or drag it where you like. Then click “Close” to make the palette go away until you need it again. Enjoy!

Note: I’ve tested this in Firefox, Safari and Chrome. This probably doesn’t work in IE.


  1. Kenny said,

    September 7, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Neat trick—I wonder what other sorts of useful utilities could be made with that approach.

  2. danvk said,

    September 7, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Check out https://www.squarefree.com/bookmarklets/

    In particular, the “shell” web development bookmarklet is possibly the greatest thing ever.

  3. Erica Dreisbach said,

    September 7, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Oh hæles yes! Thanks dvk! Another amazing innovation, making our lives so much mo’ β.