Block Elements

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Block Elements
Range U+2580..U+259F
(32 code points)
Plane BMP
Scripts Common
Symbol sets Block fills
Assigned 32 code points
Unused 0 reserved code points
Unicode version history
1.0.0 22 (+22)
3.2 32 (+10)
Note: [1][2]

Block Elements is a Unicode block containing square block symbols of various fill and shading. Used along with block elements are box-drawing characters, shade characters, and terminal graphic characters. These can be used for filling regions of the screen and portraying drop shadows.

Character table[edit]

Code Result Description
U+2580 Upper half block
U+2581 Lower one eighth block
U+2582 Lower one quarter block
U+2583 Lower three eighths block
U+2584 Lower half block
U+2585 Lower five eighths block
U+2586 Lower three quarters block
U+2587 Lower seven eighths block
U+2588 Full block
U+2589 Left seven eighths block
U+258A Left three quarters block
U+258B Left five eighths block
U+258C Left half block
U+258D Left three eighths block
U+258E Left one quarter block
U+258F Left one eighth block
U+2590 Right half block
U+2591 Light shade
U+2592 Medium shade
U+2593 Dark shade
U+2594 Upper one eighth block
U+2595 Right one eighth block
U+2596 Quadrant lower left
U+2597 Quadrant lower right
U+2598 Quadrant upper left
U+2599 Quadrant upper left and lower left and lower right
U+259A Quadrant upper left and lower right
U+259B Quadrant upper left and upper right and lower left
U+259C Quadrant upper left and upper right and lower right
U+259D Quadrant upper right
U+259E Quadrant upper right and lower left
U+259F Quadrant upper right and lower left and lower right

Font coverage[edit]

Font sets like Code2000 and the DejaVu family—include coverage for each of the glyphs in the Block Elements range,[3] Unifont also contains all the glyphs.[4] Among the fonts in widespread use,[5][6] full implementation is provided by Segoe UI Symbol and significant partial implementation of this range is provided by Arial Unicode MS and Lucida Sans Unicode, which include coverage for 69% (22 out of 32) and 66% (21 out of 32) of the symbols, respectively.[3]


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Compact table[edit]

Block Elements[1]
Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
1.^ As of Unicode version 10.0


The following Unicode-related documents record the purpose and process of defining specific characters in the Block Elements block:

Version Final code points[a] Count L2 ID WG2 ID Document
1.0.0 U+2580..2595 22 (to be determined)
3.2 U+2596..259F 10 L2/00-159 N2265 Cruz, Frank da (2000-03-31), Supplemental Terminal Graphics for Unicode 
  1. ^ Proposed code points and characters names may differ from final code points and names

Related symbols[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Unicode character database". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2016-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Enumerated Versions of The Unicode Standard". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2016-07-09. 
  3. ^ a b "Font Support for Unicode Block 'Block Elements'". Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  4. ^ "GNU Unifont Glyphs". Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  5. ^ "Mac OS X 10.5 bundled with Arial Unicode MS". Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  6. ^ "Common fonts to all versions of Windows & Mac equivalents". Retrieved 2008-09-17.