Insert Special Characters


Ever wanted to add a special character while working within the WordPress block editor (Gutenberg) and suddenly find yourself longing for the days of the Classic Editor and the Special Character inserter? Well long no more, the Insert Special Characters plugin is here to ease your publishing woes!

Note: you can display the popover via the ctrl/cmd + o keyboard shortcut.

Development takes place in the GitHub repository:

Technical Notes


  • Example of inserting a special character.


  1. Install the plugin via the plugin installer, either by searching for it or uploading a .zip file.
  2. Activate the plugin.
  3. Use Insert Special Characters!


September 1, 2019
This is perfect for me. Thanks for developing it!If there was an option to move it to the main toolbar without the need to use the dropdown, it would be a six-star product
August 31, 2019
This functionality has been missed and was surprised that it was omitted from Gutenberg. But, these folks did a great job. I loaded it to two sites and then edited posts adding special characters easily. Martin's suggestions about the location of the icon and automatically sorting by most used is on target. I join him in asking for those improvements. Mostly, I want to say thank you!!!
August 31, 2019
This plugin adds a much needed functionality to the Gutenberg editor, and it works fine. To make it perfect for me it should be placed directly in the toolbar (not in a toolbar dropdown) and have a "last used" palette.
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Contributors & Developers

“Insert Special Characters” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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* Documentation for keyboard shortcut (props @mrwweb, @jeffpaul)

* Ensure character map appears as expected in Firefox (props @adamsilverstein)


* Initial plugin release 🎉
* Wrap React Character Map in a Gutenberg Popover (props @adamsilverstein)
* Plugin header and icon images (props @dillonmccallum)