A compose key for Windows, free and opensource, created by Sam Hocevar with the help of dozens of contributors.
A compose key allows to easily write special characters such as é
ž à ō û ø
WinCompose also supports Emoji input for
WinCompose 0.9.4 (December 6, 2019)Download latest:
Installable version: WinCompose 0.9.4 (installer).
Portable version: WinCompose 0.9.4 (portable).
Older versions are available in the releases section.
Note: the software is not digitally signed. You can help with this by donating to the project.
After installation, WinCompose should appear in the System Tray. Press and release the ⎄ Compose key to initiate a compose sequence (this key defaults to Right Alt); the icon should change to indicate a compose sequence is in progress.
Then type in the keys for a compose sequence, such as A then E for Æ:
If Right Alt is not suitable for you, you can change it in the options.
Compose rules are supposed to be intuitive. Here are some examples:
- ⎄ Compose ` a → à
- ⎄ Compose ' e → é
- ⎄ Compose ^ i → î
- ⎄ Compose ~ n → ñ
- ⎄ Compose / o → ø
- ⎄ Compose " u → ü
- ⎄ Compose o c → ©
- ⎄ Compose + - → ±
- ⎄ Compose : - → ÷
- ⎄ Compose ( 7 ) → ⑦
- ⎄ Compose C C C P → ☭
- ⎄ Compose < 3 →
Emoji sequences typically start with two ⎄ Compose hits:
- ⎄ Compose ⎄ Compose a n g r y →
- ⎄ Compose ⎄ Compose g r i n n i n g →
- ⎄ Compose ⎄ Compose s u s h i →
- ⎄ Compose ⎄ Compose s n a k e →
A special Unicode input mode can be activated in the options and lets the user type in any Unicode character:
- ⎄ Compose u 5 8 d Enter → ֍ (U+058D Right-Facing Armenian Eternity Sign)
- ⎄ Compose u 2 3 f 0 Enter →
⏰(U+23F0 Alarm Clock)
The full list of rules can be found by clicking on the WinCompose system tray icon or using the “Show Sequences…” menu entry:
The window allows you to filter the sequences being listed.
WinCompose supports the standard Compose file format. It provides more than
1700 compose rules from the Xorg project and the
dotXCompose project. You can add custom
rules by creating a file named
.XCompose.txt in your
%USERPROFILE% directory. WinCompose must be restarted for changes to take
WinCompose supports rules of more than 2 characters such as ⎄ Compose ( 3 ) for ③.
WinCompose supports early exits. For instance, ⎄ Compose q will immediately type q because there is currently no rule starting with q.
As of now, WinCompose is almost fully translated to Belarusian, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Sardinian, Spanish, and Swedish. It is partially translated to Danish, Esperanto, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, and Slovenian. You can help us translate it to more languages using the Weblate project:
Sam wrote WinCompose because none of the alternatives (FreeCompose, CKFW, AllChars or Unichars) were found to be satisfying.