13 Replies Latest reply: Feb 3, 2014 9:00 AM by Mansher@TR
Michael McWatters Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

I recently upgraded to the newest version of Keynote (6.0), and have found that Webdings no longer work. I use several symbols from this typeface, so it's a pretty big problem.

 

Webdings work in some other apps (like Photoshop), so I'm pretty sure it's just with Keynote.

 

Any ideas?


iMac, Macbook, PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • 1. Re: Webdings no longer available
    Kyn Drake Level 7 Level 7 (21,460 points)

    I think this might get you what you want. In Keynote go to

     

    Edit -> Special Characters..

     

    in the window that pops up, select the icon to the right of Characters

    Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 8.32.51 PM.png

    In that window, select the icon to the upper left and choose "Customize List..."

    Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 8.35.50 PM.png

     

    Enable "Dingbats" from that list

    Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 8.36.20 PM.png

    and when you go back to the main screen, you should see Dingbats as a choice. That's where you will find Web and Wingdings along with other fonts of that type.

  • 2. Re: Webdings no longer available
    Michael McWatters Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    Thanks for the tip, Kyn. That allows me to manually insert the character I needed, which is helpful, but it doesn't make Webdings available / usable in the font menu, as it was in the previous version of Keynote.

     

    In the meantime, your fix is a temporary solution I can live with, so thank you.

  • 3. Re: Webdings no longer available
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,715 points)

    Michael McWatters wrote:

     

    it doesn't make Webdings available / usable in the font menu, as it was in the previous version of Keynote.

     

    When you can type webdings by just changing the font, there is a strong risk that others reading a digital copy of your document will not see these symbols but see Latin letters instead.   Using the character palette ensures this will not happen, and that is the way programs are moving (sometimes slowly, however).

  • 4. Re: Webdings no longer available
    Michael McWatters Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    My primary use of Keynote is for creating wireframes and schematics which I share as flat files (PNGs, primarily), so embedding fonts is not problematic.

     

    This worked in the last version of Keynote, so not sure what's gone wrong.

  • 5. Re: Webdings no longer available
    mcgreer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The same symbols in Webdings are not found in the special character list. The fast forward symbol, marked by two triangles ( >>), custom color, is frequently used in my text and main logo. How do I find a way to get this symbol and all related videographer symbols back into my documents?

  • 6. Re: Webdings no longer available
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,715 points)

    mcgreer wrote:

     

    The same symbols in Webdings are not found in the special character list.

     

    Go to the gear wheel at the top left, select Customize, and check the box for Dingbats.  Then select Webdings from the menu at the top.  Does that help?

     

    Screen Shot 2014-01-05 at 10.06.38 PM.png

  • 7. Re: Webdings no longer available
    mcgreer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok, thank you, I did not realize the customize list button would add additional options. FYI, after adding the symbol, it shows up on my doc as a copyright warning and am not able to use it after all:

     

    "Private Use Areas

    In Unicode, the Private Use Areas are three ranges of code points (U+E000–U+F8FF in the BMP, and planes 15 and 16) that, by definition, will not be assigned characters by the Unicode Consortium. The code points in these areas can not be considered as standardized characters in Unicode itself. They are intentionally left undefined so that third parties may define their own characters without conflicting with Unicode Consortium assignments. Under the Unicode Stability Policy, the Private Use Areas will remain allocated for that purpose in all future Unicode versions."

  • 8. Re: Webdings no longer available
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,715 points)

    mcgreer wrote:

     

    FYI, after adding the symbol, it shows up on my doc as a copyright warning and am not able to use it after all:

     

    "Private Use Areas

    In Unicode, the Private Use Areas ...

     

    If you interpret that text to be a "copywrite warning" that restricts your use of the font or the symbol, that is not correct.  It has nothing at all to do with copywrite, but refers to technical encoding issues.  Everybody can use these characters wherever and whenever they want.

  • 9. Re: Webdings no longer available
    Michael McWatters Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    Tom, following your steps above (thanks!) this is what appears in my document when I try to use a right arrow Webding. (In fact, every symbol I try to insert this way looks like this.)

     

    Screenshot 2014-01-06 10.18.30.png

  • 10. Re: Webdings no longer available
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,715 points)

    Michael McWatters wrote:

     

    this is what appears in my document when I try to use a right arrow Webding. (In fact, every symbol I try to insert this way looks like this.)

     

    Screenshot 2014-01-06 10.18.30.png

     

    Sorry, I forgot to say earlier that you must select these characters and set the font for them to Webdings for them to appear properly.

  • 11. Re: Webdings no longer available
    Michael McWatters Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    Well, that fixed it nicely:

     

    Screenshot 2014-01-06 10.38.55.png

     

    I still wish Apple hadn't made it so difficult to insert Webdings, but at least you've provided a suitable workaround. Thanks so much for the help, Tom!

  • 12. Re: Webdings no longer available
    amboycharlie Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    The webdings are still in the fontbook, but you can't type them in any longer. You can copy and paste where you need them or if you use them often type a placeholder character then do a find and replace. It's a PITA but it works.

  • 13. Re: Webdings no longer available
    Mansher@TR Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So we now have to individually replace all Webdings? Such a pain, when having to use existing templates!