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What's in a name?[edit]

Actually, why is it called Wingdings? Thanks, --Abdull 09:35, 24 July 2005 (UTC)

Maybe because "WinDings" might be confused with "windings"? AnonMoos 23:32, 25 December 2005 (UTC)
"Windows Graphics Design Interface" can be abbreviated to "wingdi"... maybe they just added "ngs"? --Surturz 06:09, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
"WINdows Graphic DINGbatS" (talk) 23:11, 15 April 2009 (UTC)
My take: Stands for "Windows Graphic Drawings" Win = Windows, g = Graphics, dings = Drawings. Needed to keep font names short to fit in the application dropdowns. (Dec 1st 2010) ~Philippe Adib —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:02, 1 December 2010 (UTC)

The late 60s/early 70s "stop the pigeon" cartoons Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines featured brief segments called "Wing Dings". Inspiration for the font naming, or coincidence? M0ffx (talk) 05:16, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

9/11 'Conspiracy'[edit]

There were 2 planes that hit the two towers of the WTC. (therefore, 2Q)
Stick to the NYC instead of NY (is the omission in later readings intentional?)
And why is the sequence of 'the skull' (N), and the 'Star of David' (C) interpreted asdid it using a computer program. Rest of the sequence would be the same. Regards. --Cretanforever 22:07, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

I'm sure that Nostradamus would be proud, but I doubt that it has any place on the article page... AnonMoos 16:04, 30 December 2005 (UTC)

u Realy blieave this ? read this :

American Airlines Flight 11 was the first flight hijacked in the September 11, 2001 attacks. It was an American Airlines flight aboard a Boeing 767-223ER aircraft, registration number N334AA,[1] which regularly flew from Logan International Airport in East Boston, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles International Airport. On September 11, 2001, the aircraft on this route was hijacked, and was crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City at 8:46 a.m. Out of all the planes hijacked that day Flight 11 contained the most passengers. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:04, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

Isn't there another one when "911" is typed? It comes out as a plane and two towers. --DMP47 (talk) 23:59, 2 July 2009 (UTC)

No it doesn't -- it comes out as a pencil-sharpener and two open file folders... (911). -- AnonMoos (talk) 21:22, 3 July 2009 (UTC)
Ah, yes, I believe they changed it with the newest Office. I used to have an older version of Office, but I have recently upgraded. The old computers in school have the old Microsoft Office, and have the old version of wingdings. --DMP47 (talk) 22:55, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
The version of the Wingdings font on my computer is dated June 8 2000, and I don't have any version of Microsoft Office installed... AnonMoos (talk) 06:06, 12 September 2009 (UTC)

Odd Wingding symbol[edit]

What does the Wingding symbol for \ mean? -- 17:58, 10 December 2006)

It's the Hindu Aum symbol,.. AnonMoos

Windows Vista[edit]

This article indicatates that the font will not be included in Windows Vista. As of build 5536 (Pre-RC1), it is still included as is Wingdings 2 and 3. The font is included in windows vista. TReKiE 07:07, 30 August 2006 (UTC)

They changed the font in vista, no more star of david and change of airplane —Preceding unsigned comment added by Pathfinder1993 (talkcontribs) 22:24, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

"the terrorist attacks were not specifically directed at Jews"[edit]

Actually they were. KSM stated repeatedly that his attacks were in protest of US-Israeli relations. They were directed at Jews, but not specifically perpetrated against Jews. -

Actually, Osama bin Laden himself barely cares about Israel at all (you'd think it should be a burning issue with him, but the facts reveal that it isn't). AnonMoos 13:06, 11 November 2006 (UTC)

There's also the fact that anti-Semitic conspiracy theories claiming that 9/11 was actually a Mossad operation are commonplace. For example, the infamous hoax claiming that all the Jews working in the WTC was given a warning not to show up on September 11, 2001. There's no reason the Wingdings 9/11 hoax couldn't be tying in to that. (talk) 05:44, 28 June 2011 (UTC)


Has anyone noticed what wingdings looks like when you type USA? It's a cross, a black drop and a hand with the victory sign. It's a conspiracy. Alx xlA 04:23, 3 March 2007 (UTC)


This is worrying – it seems Conservapedia has copy-pasted a huge portion from this article into their own version.... Rubberkeith 23:07, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

Actually, as long as they comply with GFDL terms, it's not a problem... AnonMoos 01:02, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

how to edit Wingdings in wiki?[edit]

How to use Wingdings font in my MediaWiki? (not necessarily Wikipedia). Using <font> just does not work: ³³. Thx, --Sohale 15:03, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

For Wikipedia, it's very possible that the people who set policies on such things deliberately don't want it to work (since the font is a non-free font). For the general WikiMedia software, you should ask on a forum devoted to the software. AnonMoos 01:06, 18 March 2007 (UTC)

"NYC" (former pointless and meaningless header title was "Haha!")[edit]

I love the blatant OR in the conspiracies section. Removed. - ElbridgeGerry t c block 20:59, 10 June 2007 (UTC)

There are many references in the External links section (if you had bothered to look at them), and the "NYC" thing was extremely widely covered in the U.S. media at the time... AnonMoos 21:26, 10 June 2007 (UTC)

I really don't understand what the antipathy to including the "NYC" thing is, since it received VERY BROAD media coverage, and is about the only way that the majority of non-type-nerds would have ever heard of Wingdings. It's not some random piece of trivia. AnonMoos 21:33, 10 June 2007 (UTC)

It is a random piece of trivia (or little better: a best it deserves a fleeting mention of maybe a few sentences). I gave what I felt was an entirely reasonable suggestion on your talk page; however, I see that you have chosen not to further discussion and simply to return the section. That's fine, and I don't intend to revert it (because frankly I'd really rather not appear on WP:LAME), but I would like to record my stance on the section here for the sake of any community discussion which might arise. Angus Lepper(T, C, D) 22:00, 10 June 2007 (UTC)
Whatever, dude -- I reverted BEFORE you put anything on my talk page, and I'm perfectly willing to discuss this matter here or anywhere, but I don't hang out on Wikipedia monitoring my Watchlist continuously 24 hours a day. Meanwhile, it would be nice if you would acknowledge a few basic simple facts which seem to elude you, such as that the "NYC" affair occurred in 1992 (almost ten years before 9/11), and that the "NYC" flap of 1992 is the only way that that a large number of non-font-geeks would have ever heard about the font in the first place. The cause of the most widespread media coverage which "Wingdings" has ever achieved cannot be merely a minor trivia item. AnonMoos 08:58, 11 June 2007 (UTC)

Wasn't it determined that the odds of 'NYC' spelling out 'kill jews good' were something like 1 in hundreds of millions? -- (talk) 07:49, 12 August 2010 (UTC)

Free Wingdings Font?[edit]

Does anyone know of a free Wingdings font? Gioto (talk) 01:16, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

Webdings was released with the Core fonts for the Web, and a Zapf dingbats clone is included with GhostScript. Not sure about Wingdings... AnonMoos (talk) 14:02, 11 July 2008 (UTC)


Wingdings characters are now included in Unicode, so fonts which cover the relevant Unicode character areas will include the Wingdings symbols (not with the same encoding as the original fonts, of course). AnonMoos (talk) 16:02, 16 June 2017 (UTC)

Wingdings Font Chart?[edit]

Where do you get one that is accurate with Microsoft Word? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:23, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

Why not just use the "Character map" accessory provided with Windows? AnonMoos (talk) 00:08, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Hollow raindrop character or glyph?[edit]

Does the Wingdings character set (or table of glyphs) contain a "hollow" raindrop, or raindrop drawn only from its periphery? I have been looking and looking, and the only thing I have been able to find, is Wingdings 0054, a solid raindrop(💧-S), rather than a hollow one. (talk) 04:55, 10 November 2008 (UTC)


Why does this font exist? What is it for? (talk) 13:08, 7 May 2009 (UTC)

It was to make a lot of traditional printer's dingbats and various miscellaneous symbols available to users of Windows 3.1 when this was first released in 1992, and to simultaneously show off Truetype scalable font technology (which was brand-new at the time). Microsoft presumably didn't use Zapf Dingbats, since they didn't want to pay royalties on it... AnonMoos (talk) 01:00, 8 May 2009 (UTC)

I don't get it[edit]

What is special or controversial about "Another recognizable sequence within Wingdings is the Bell, book, and candle, placed in direct succession among its first characters."? Astronaut (talk) 15:10, 9 July 2009 (UTC)

It's a trivia observation about characters %&' in the font, which seem to form a little "easter egg". Nothing controversial about it... AnonMoos (talk) 00:49, 10 July 2009 (UTC)

Searching for Windings in Wikipedia does not automatically bring up this article[edit]

Will somebody verify that by searching for "Windings" (without the quotes) in the main Wikipedia search box, you get no hits, but this page is actually suggested. I don't know much about HTML or whatever this site is written in...I've only edited a couple of articles. Otherwise, I would fix myself. Kfchurchill (talk) 17:58, 21 October 2009 (UTC)

The name is Wingdings with an extra "g", not Windings.Paul Foxworthy (talk) 23:30, 19 February 2011 (UTC)

Is the glyph order patented?[edit]

I can not find any independent evidence that the glyph order in Wingdings is patented, and the idea seems dubious. Adobe have a patent [1] on a winding order, not Wingding for drawing glyphs for any font. I suspect the assertion comes from a misreading of an outline of this patent.

Many web sites seem to have copied this assertion from Wikipedia without supplying any evidence.Paul Foxworthy (talk) 04:18, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

Sounds somewhat dubious to me too... AnonMoos (talk) 05:19, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

‘Wingdings’ is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation[1] registered in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Never mind, I've tracked down a reference. Windings did have a US design patent; in other countries, these are often referred to as a registered design. I've updated the article with the details.Paul Foxworthy (talk) 23:29, 19 February 2011 (UTC)

New York Thing [AGAIN][edit]

Well if you type New York City you get a kind of story... It might be offensive to some people so I shouldn't write what I think... Sciezole (talk) 08:59, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

The "NYC" thing received wide media coverage in the early 1990s. Any similar thing which did not receive media coverage should be omitted from the article... AnonMoos (talk) 09:18, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

Floral Border Shapes[edit]

Do the floral border shapes have names? Or is it just given a description? (talk) 14:32, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

Some things at Fleuron (typography)... -- AnonMoos (talk) 01:37, 1 May 2014 (UTC)
I think "Fleuron" is more general, for all flowershapes. In French they are called " feuille aldine" (Aldin leaf) or "cœur floral"(=floral/flower heart) (according to French wikipedia) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2A01:E35:8A8D:FE80:9F7:ED1:3427:35BE (talk) 00:20, 25 November 2016 (UTC)

Vandalism - please revert[edit]

This edit appears to be vandalism: Due to intervening edits, I cannot revert it automatically, and I'm not an expert on the subject so I don't want to do it manually. (talk) 16:04, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

More useful than a "silly" picture[edit]

Wikipedia would help a lot its users if they provide a cut and pastable list of characters — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2A01:E35:8A8D:FE80:9F7:ED1:3427:35BE (talk) 00:16, 25 November 2016 (UTC)

First, Wikipedia is not a "how-to" manual. Also, many of the Wingdings characters were not added to Unicode until 2014, and fall outside the Unicode Basic Multilingual Plane (see Dingbat#Ornamental Dingbats Unicode block)... AnonMoos (talk) 08:15, 1 December 2016 (UTC)

Unnecessary Links to W.D Gaster[edit]

Even if it is a Good Faith edit, I would like to make it known that W.D Gaster's use of Wingdings in the video game Undertale are not necessary for an encyclopedia article. Although numerous articles do contain a "References in Popular Culture" section, that is only necessary when the subject of the article had a broad impact. W.D Gaster's usage cannot be used in this case. I was going to submit a request for page protection, but this issue doesn't justify it. So I'd just like to at least make it known. — Preceding unsigned comment added by RadiantTea (talkcontribs) 21:31, 5 March 2017 (UTC)

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