Just for fun: Using symbols in Azure

I was asked recently if it is possible to use symbols when assigning names to Azure objects. The short answer is ‘yes’, this is indeed possible, but definitely not something I would recommend in a business environment. However, it makes things look nice, shiny and less boring and might be of use to drive attention in workshops, demos etc.

Here are some examples.

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Now how is this done? Just copy/paste Unicode symbols to the appropriate Azure forms. Never heard of it? Then quickly checkout Wikipedia. Once you understand how it works, you can enter any Unicode (e.g. 2705) in a supported tool (e.g. Word) and then convert it to a symbol hitting ALT+X right afterwards. This changes the Unicode to a symbol that you can now copy and paste in Azure wherever you want and where it works.

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You will find tons of pages on the internet what give you a good overview of the symbols that exist. Here are some:

Update: Instead browsing the Unicode tables for nice icons you can use the “shortcut” by just hitting the Win-Key and “.” – this also gives you selection of emojis and symbols and might be more comfortable. Just be aware that with that approach you will not be able to use all 100k+ Unicode symbols. Thanks Thomas for the input!

This does not work everywhere in Azure, so just try it out. And again: Don’t use this in any business environment, just use it for fun.

Cheers,
Marcel

About Marcel Zehner

Microsoft Azure MVP
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