Why is there Wingdings as a font?

Wingdings: Why does the font exist?

Microsoft Word

Wingdings is a font that was developed by Microsoft in 1990 and can still be found in all Microsoft applications today. You can find out everything you need to know here about why there is a font that consists only of symbols and how to use it.

Wingdings: This is how the font came about

The Wingdings font was developed by Microsoft and is based on the three Lucida fonts Lucida Icons, Lucida Arrows and Lucida Stars. These were developed and also licensed in 1990 by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes. Since Lucida Icons, Lucida Arrows and Lucida Stars are made up exclusively of symbols, they were only intended as a supplement to the Lucida font to give designers the opportunity to design their texts with symbols and images.
Microsoft bought this short time after publication from the inventors of the Lucida fonts and used the most popular symbols of the three fonts to develop Wingdings.

Font: This is how you can use Wingdings

Wingdings is still part of all Microsoft programs today and can be used, among other things, to create texts in Word.
  1. To get an overview of which Wingdings characters can be used in Word, click on "Insert" in the menu bar, go to "Symbols"> "More symbols" to open the character table and then select "Wingdings" from the list of fonts.
  2. To insert a Wingdings symbol into your text, select it with the mouse button and click on the "Insert" button.
  3. At the same time as Wingdings, another font was developed by Microsoft, Webdings, which is based on HTML and can be used to insert symbols on websites.

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