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How to get GVim (v. 7.3. on Windows XP, if that matters) to show Unicode characters? Something along the lines of (search for listchars to see the little triangle I'm trying to get).

I'm using

set encoding,
set fileencoding,
and set fileencodings,

all to utf-8, if that helps.

I know it must be something simple, but nevertheless, here I am, stuck. Help.

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Is your current font capable of displaying all the characters you're using? If not, then you need to change the font used by GVim. Check out this thread at SO. Excerpt:

For MS-Windows, some fonts have a limited number of Unicode characters. Try using the "Courier New" font. You can use the Edit/Select Font... menu to select and try out the fonts available. Only fixed-width fonts can be used though. Example:

:set guifont=courier_new:h12
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I've tried Cou.New, Courier, Consolas, Lucida Console, ... all I get is a little square box with a question mark. – Rook Oct 19 '10 at 17:35
@RookL for which characters? (you can press ga over a character to find its unicode value. It is possible that the font does not have that character. – Aditya Jan 30 '11 at 2:02
:set guifontwide=MingLiU:h10 (from is working for me – Xv. Nov 18 '13 at 16:10

After turning on Unicode display in Vim with

:set encoding=utf-8

you may need to reload the file for it to take effect. Do :e! to reload the file. If it works, you may want to put set encoding=utf-8 in your vimrc file.

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Try to change encoding with:

:set encoding=utf-8
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Read the question again. – Rook Oct 9 '11 at 16:59

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