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I have a tab-delimited file that I have opened in Notepad++, was having trouble parsing it, so turned on View->Show Symbol->Show White Space and TAB. I noticed that there were two different types of arrow symbols displayed along with the white space character. Is there a difference between these two arrow symbols?

Example: Notepad++ Show Symbols

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There is no difference between the types of arrows. Convince yourself by replacing \t with 2 spaces. Make sure the "Search mode" is set to "Extended". There shall be no arrows afterwards.

Replace tabulators by spaces

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If there's no difference between the two types of arrows... then why are there two types of arrows? There must be some significance, otherwise there wouldn't be two. – lornix Nov 9 '11 at 20:20
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notepad++ is showing different arrows based on where the tab character is entered. when I cut and paste "the small arrow" on next line, it shows as big arrow. hence, it looks like - small and long right arrows - both are tab characters only. Why notepad++ does so - not sure. – Sushil Nov 13 '14 at 6:54

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