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What is this character: '*​'?

A friend pasted a command into a Slack chat room which contained the character *. This looks like a normal * but isn't: $ uniprops '*​' uniprops: no character named ‹*​› While if I run uniprops on ...
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What is this mystery paragraph mark in Microsoft Word that cannot be copied?

In Microsoft Word 2013 on Windows 7, I keep encountering a strange paragraph mark that cannot be copy-pasted properly, which causes all kinds of problems. Unfortunately, I do not know how to produce ...
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Special characters from a Windows laptop

I know that you can use Alt plus a series of number pad numbers to add special characters (see here), but that doesn't seem to work with the standard number keys (above the keyboard), and the Lenovo ...
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Alt with numpad doesn't give the right special characters

Using Windows 8.1. Input: | Expected: | Actual: -------+-----------+-------------- Alt+1 | `☺` | Windows ding Alt+2 | `☻` | Windows ding Alt+3 | `♥` | CTRL+C Alt+4 | `♦` |...
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Sending accented characters to Clipboard from a batch file

I've been trying to find a solution to this, but I wrote a basic program to automatically produce an "outage" report more or less, that I need copied into the clipboard so that I can paste it into a ...
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Removing terminal special character `^@`

when I less a file, it looks like this. ^@00002201-271f-43b9-81a7-000b0a31abe5 ^@00004695-2281-44df-b18d-bd68b63fced4 ^@00009273-3a0f-4c2e-b708-805e02147f55 ^@0000a0e6-3889-43f2-9635-63e114c38f29 ^@...
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What is Word's non-printing symbol that is a small circle (looks like a “degrees” mark)?

What is Word's non-printing symbol that is a small circle (looks like a "degrees" mark)? I haven't found this in other articles, web searches, forums. Is it a new version of "keep with next"? This ...
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Surrogate character to visualize a space like ̺ this, but without combining?

I'm looking for a character in Unicode like this (in black): The problem with COM­BI­NING INVERTED BRID­GE BELOW (code point U+033A, \xCC\xBA in UTF-8) is that it must be combined with another ...
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Certain characters don't display properly when accessing OneDrive using WebDav

I use OneDrive to store many of the files I use often and rather than accessing it through the OneDrive application for PC or through www.onedrive.live.com, I map several of the OneDrive folders I use ...
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¿BUG? can not create file with '=' via command line ECHO and COPY CON

WHERE is the documentation that explains the apparently anomalous behaviour of the equal sign below? STEPS TO REPRODUCE (at a command prompt): example with ECHO: H:\BUGS>echo abc > a-b.txt H:\...
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Regex search and replace on a webpage

I am proofreading plain OCR generated text on webpages, cleaning up typos (scanos) which I search for and replace using Regex strings. My problem is with the ">" and" "<" characters. How would I ...
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replace string with proper tab character in Notepad++

I have a string like this: "001234","123","","Automated Letters""\t""Arrears Advice","\\PATH\FILE.doc" instead of Automated Letters""\t""Arrears Advice I need Automated Letters Arrears Advice ...
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How can I add TAB key in a combination?

I was just customizing my mouse extra buttons (in Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center) and I wanted to assign Win+TAB combination to one of the buttons. It has a special option for adding Win button ...
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Does merging fonts via FontForge replace existing characters?

As the title clearly states, I am not sure how Merge Fonts feature works in FontForge. We all know that DroidSans.ttf in the android system does not support all special characters. That's why I want ...
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Subversion checkout error when checking out repository with &

My Subversion repository name has & in it. I get an error while checking it out. Is there a workaround? svn co https://ssss.my.com/D&G/ OPTIONS of https://ssss.my.com/D&G/ 200 OK
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How can I find the Alt KeyCode for a glyph with the Windows system tools?

How can I find the Alt KeyCode of a particular glyph (special character) using any standard utility that ships with Windows (or a ?command line statement?)? I understand this might seem like a ...
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Why does the Unicode character (U+2295) come out as (U+2248)

I open Notepad and then type +2295 holding down the Alt key, then release the Alt key. I save the file with Unicode encoding. However the output is not http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/...
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Insert Unicode characters via the keyboard in Windows 10 on a laptop without a numeric keypad [duplicate]

I have already read this answer Insert Unicode characters via the keyboard?. However I have tried that on Windows 10 and it didn't seem to change anything. Considering that the solution was from back ...
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Sublime text Find Replace any Character

Is there a way to find and replace using a special character that would allow any char to be in it's place? What I mean by this is say I have the following text: setI0100(mds3a1.getI0100().toString()...
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How can I display hidden characters in Excel 2013?

Apparently in earlier versions of Excel, there was an option "Show Control Characters" which seems to be missing from 2013. Is there a way to display hidden characters in a worksheet? I have a ...
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Prevent the “Alt Gr” key from producing special characters

I'm using windows 10 and I want to use the alt gr key for setting shortcuts in an application. The application is successfully interpreting the shortcut, but it doesn't stop the key from inserting ...
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Notepad++ proper encoding settings

Notepad++ can't display characters like ⊰ http://graphemica.com/%E2%8A%B0 . What is the best settings to solve this problem?
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How to untar file with UTF-8 special characters in Windows

I want extract a TAR file with special characters UTF-8 and when open it with WinRAR and PeaZip show filename like mark question and when extract it with WinRAR and 7-Zip file name change to ...
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Sending special characters sms from asterisk CLI

I've setted up an asterisk with a gsm card (openvox a400p) succesfully. I've tested send sms from CLI and it works great. The problem is with special characters: CLI doesn't allow me tu put any ...
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Why do left + right double quote characters change PuTTY's title bar?

I ran across this accidentally when selecting a text row from a mySql database that contained several of the left double quote ( “ &#8220; ) and right double quote ( ” &#8221; ) ...
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regex to match everything but substrings beginning with hashkey

I am building a regex to filter out any substrings beginning with '#' or '@'. I am trying to filter tweets from those. Currently it matches everything no matter if the string contains words beginning ...
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Opening a file with a # in its path using the default application from Excel 2007

I have a pdf file which is located at "D:\some\#folder\filename.pdf". And want to open it from an Excel worksheet by clicking on a hyperlink (or something similar). Just creating a hyperlink does not ...
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Strange Characters in Windows 8

A PC of a friend of mine just start to showing this strange characters and I don't know what to do. It's just like this: He can't do anything because from time to time (like seconds) the start menu ...
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How to create a shortcut for a Unicode special character in Lotus 8.5?

How do I create just one-click shortcut for Unicode special characters, like Alt+P for section symbol?
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Ampersand & special character on a Active Directory Name and CMD commands

I have a group that part of its name contains an ampersand & I am trying different commands for example dsquery group -name A&I-group but it does not work I tried escaping it using the ...
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How did I manage to combine O and c to © in PuTTY?

Today's mystery: I was going to type the word "Och", meaning "and" in Swedish. However, I ended up with ©h, and I don't know why, and I cannot reproduce it. The chain of software is as follows. ...
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In firefox (or any other webbrowser) search text while ignoring (e.g.) French accents

I am looking for a way to search web pages using firefox (preferably, but any other browser will do also) in such a way that I can enter a word without accents, and it will find all accented versions ...
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How to type half-space in Microsoft OneNote?

I can type a half-space on Microsoft Word using Ctrl + Minus_Key. But I don't know why it is not working on Microsoft OneNote! How can I type this character on Microsoft OneNote? Note: I'm writing in ...
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Typing Arrow Pointing Leftwards Then Curving Upwards

It seems that the Arrow Pointing Leftwards Then Curving Upwards character doesn't exist. The Arrow Pointing Rightwards Then Curving Upwards already exists. I've searched for how to write that ...
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Can I define a new character for my OS?

Normally when I write u+0022 it writes " (Look here). Is there any way to define a new character? I mean can I design a character and define a value (u+9999, for example) to it in order to make OS ...
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Need for centered circumflex over Φ (the “phi” character) using Word 2010

There was a helpful answer 3 years ago about putting a circumflex over a letter by using (optional U)+302 and Alt+X. That worked! But when I try it with the phi character, the circumflex leans on the ...
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How do I enter special characters in text mode in dia?

How do I enter special characters in text mode in dia? I am talking about the Greek characters like (alpha, beta, gamma or epsilon) or other mathematical symbols. I am using dia in Ubuntu, if that is ...
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Service Pack 1Ð? What does Ð stand for?

While looking at some crash reports, I saw that one of the users has "Windows 7 Service Pack 1Ð". I thought that maybe it's a buffer overflow bug, but after googling for "Service Pack 1Ð", I saw that ...
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How do I find out which font contains a certain special character?

Unicode contains a few special "characters" which are not displayable by most fonts. I want to use one of them, a video camera. It seems that such a character exists indeed, and has the codepoint U+...
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Searching for literal characters with Firefox’ find feature

When using Ctrl+f to find the character ’, Firefox also finds ' (and vice versa). This was not the case in older Firefox versions (I don’t know exactly since when this happens). I understand that ...
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How do I write special characters without AltGr key?

I ran into a problem trying to write some special characters like {}, @ etc using AltGr key. It is not system-wide issue, I encountered it just in Android Studio IDE and I already solved it in Android ...
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What is the coding character shurtcut on Windows?

I can use ` character with copy-paste from charmap but i want use with shortcut on my keyboard. What can i do? What is shortcut of this character on Windows 8? My keyboard is: Turkish Windows 8 ...
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How to add the Em dash “—” to my keyboard?

I have an AZERTY keyboard, and an ErgoDox keyboard. I can map all the keys I want to the Ergodox, and macros as well. I'm looking for the —. This is the Em dash; it is different from the "minus" of ...
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Delete “unidentified” carriage-return char from a text file

I have a text file containing a strange "carriage return" char. If I open the file with Notepad I can't see the new line. If I open the file with Wordpad I can see the new line. I uploaded an ...
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IE 10 special characters

I'm using a Windows 8 64 bit laptop with IE 10 installed. I have a problem regarding special characters in IE 10. My OS is English however I'm using a Turkish keyboard. Now in Chrome, Firefox I ...
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Why does my browser display abnormally few special characters? [duplicate]

I want to insert some special characters in Google Docs. However,there are many that my browser doesn't seem to recognize. How can I get my browser to recognize them?
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Full character map

The windows Character Map tool only displays the characters from code point 0x21 (U+0021) onwards. Is there a standard (or known) tool that would display all characters of a font including the range ...
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Mac-style Option Key for Special Characters in Windows

One feature I like about OS X is that the "Option" key can be used to enter special characters while typing, making it easy to enter scientific symbols, accents, and so on. I know in Windows you can ...
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Space and Tab characters show up weirdly in Word 2010

Each time I hit the spacebar, it puts a dot mid line, and when I hit tab key I get an arrow which points to the right of the line. How do I get rid of those marks?
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Can I backup setting of shotcut keys on special characters in Ms-Office

I am using Ms-Office 2007 and created some shortcut keys for special characters as shown below screen-shot: Now My question is: Is there any way to backup this setting/configuration of shortcut ...