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What Font Do YOU Use To See Unicode characters (instead of boxed numbers)

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This was prompted by someone someone here posting a unicode character. Apparently this system I’m using (Windows) doesn’t have a font that contains this emoticon if you can see it ( 😃 ) or such characters, and instead displays a number-in-a-box for those who can’t see it (graphic with magnified view for readability):

And it’s not just here, but anywhere.

Has anyone solved such problem with a recommended font that carries these proper symbols?

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GNU Unifont

A picture is worth a thousand words. Post 102 is worth more.

I’m late to the party, but I think this is the best song. Enjoy!

—Teams Jetrell Fo 1, Jetrell Fo 2, and Jetrell Fo 3

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That’s a great font! Thanks!

Unfortunately, it didn’t help to get unicode “smileys” to work in Firefox under Windows 64-bit. I’m now suspecting the problem is in Windows … as some of those smileys work in the same version of Firefox under Windows 32-bit.

Has anyone come across this dilemma with a solution? (And, yes, I’ve tried quite a few different corrective measures from various forums without success. Can this really be the state of computing in The 21st Century?)
_ <— this space reserved for a sad emoticon, when I can see it