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Is cmd.exe of Windows 7 capable of displaying the degree character '°'?

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Works for me. I don't see why it wouldn't work. Did you try it? If so, post the code you used, there may be a problem in the code itself.

I just used an echo command to test it:

> ECHO °
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At the prompt, hold down the Alt key and type 0176 on your numeric keypad. When you release the Alt key, a degree symbol should be displayed.

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cmd.exe is capable of it; however, the Windows Console might not: by default it uses the system's "OEM" codepage (cp775, for example - see chcp), and Unicode (chcp 65001) is incredibly flaky (well, on XP at least).

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