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Why some unicode characters are missing in charmap?

In Windows, Character Map doesn't seem to display all of the unicode characters, even if the selected font supports them, and "Character set" selector is "Unicode". For example, the small envelope ...
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use sed to replace nbsp, 160, Hex 00a0, Octal 240, non-breaking space

I am having some problems with config files which have the non-breaking space chars in them. How should I specify that character with sed so I can replace it with a space. sed -n 's/ / /g' ...
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What is the charater code of the arrow used in location bar/breadcrumb bar of Windows Explorer?

I want to know the character code of the arrows that used in Windows 7's Explorer as below screenshot - the ones that are marked red. (Reason: I want to add a button like that in my WPF application) ...
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Italian keyboard: entering the tilde (~) and backtick (`) characters without changing keyboard layout

Here is what the layout of an Italian keyboard looks like: As you can see, the curly braces, which are absolutely necessary to write code in any of C, C++, JavaScript, Java, Objective C, and ...
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Why can't you use special characters in a filename, like “?” or “;”?

When I try to save a file, if I use special characters in the name (such as a colon, question mark, or exclamation point) in Windows I get a message saying that the file name is invalid. Why is that? ...
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How to grep diacritics with pdfgrep

I just install pdfgrep on my win server 2012 using cgywin and it's work fine except for special chars with diacritics, when I type: pdfgrep -i -H -c -r "confirme" ...
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Notepad++ inserting special Unicode characters in UTF-8

What's the best ways to enter special Unicode characters into a Notepad++ document? Do I have to rely on the operating system (Windows)? Looking for a see-and-click solution. I can bring up the ...
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Producing a specific ASCII character in Ubuntu

I'm used to holding the left Alt and entering the ASCII character whenever I'm using an unknown keyboard configuration and want to type a special character. For example, Alt + 0 + 9 + 2 makes a ...
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Special Characters in Folder Names Cause Delete by Batch File to Fail

I'm trying to delete empty folders via a batch file, in Windows. for /f "usebackq delims=" %%d in ("dir V:\Temp /ad/b/s | sort /R") do rd "%%d" fails on folders with special characters - ...
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Can't delete files with special (and odd) filename characters

I was cleaning up my NAS and found this odd situation. $ pwd /Volumes/Backup/NoteHP/Outras/Ed Motta $ ls -larit total 12932 7786751625 -rwx------ 1 rjdsantos staff 3388293 Feb 2 2005 Ed Motta ...
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How to use special characters in username/password for HTTP proxy?

I am trying to setup an HTTP proxy on a Windows machine. Problem is, the password has a special character (@) in it that is causing the set command to fail. I have tried both escaping the character ...
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How do I find out which language some Unicode characters belong to?

On Facebook, there are currently messages floating around with these strange chars: ก็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็ กิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิ ก้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้ They are used to confuse the reader, because ...
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Excel destroying special character when saved as CSV

I am working on a project that uses a CSV file supplied by the client to populate a database. The client is to create the spreadsheet, then save it as a CSV to be uploaded, which is then parsed into a ...
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Why are special characters such as “carriage return” represented as “^M”?

Why is ^M used to represent a carriage return in VIM and other contexts? My guess is that M is the 13th letter of the Latin alphabet and a carriage return is \x0D or decimal 13. Is this the reason? ...
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Is there an Excel formula to identify special characters in a cell?

We have about 3500 documents whose filenames need to be manually scrubbed to remove special characters like brackets, colons, semicolons, commas, etc. I have a text file that I've dumped into excel, ...
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Weird special character issue in all browsers

Today Chrome started behaving in a rather weird way. Some websites no longer display special characters properly. For example: I see a 6 instead of an á but if I copy and paste the character itself ...
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How to convert Windows filenames (from a checksums.md5) to *nix notation so I can use it on my shell with md5sum?

I have some checksums.md5 verification files from an ntfs external drive, but using windows notation: \ instead of /, spaces between file names (not escaped), reserved shell characters (like (, &, ...
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Why do English characters require fewer bytes to represent than other alphabets?

When I put 'a' in a text file, it makes it 2 bytes but when I put, let's say 'ա', which is a letter from Armenian alphabet, it makes it 3 bytes. What is the difference between alphabets for a ...
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How to delete a file with invalid characters in Windows 8.1 (not even Cygwin helps)

After a problem I've encountered with the Windows 8 Store I had to delete a system folder. Unfortunately, inside it there's a file with invalid characters (filename as it's displayed via ls or dir): ...
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wget - Double downloads with query strings in URLs

I have to use wget to download, with the recursive option (-r), all the files in a web page. This page contains N direct links to the N files (http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/page/File_n.abc), but also ...
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How to configure keyboard shortcuts for special characters on OS X?

How to configure keyboard shortcuts for special character on OS X? For example, one would set ALT+C to ©.
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Is there any utility/method to change Windows key bindings to type rare chars to currently empty bindings?

I'm currently typing this post with my windows XP machine and (Spanish) keyboard, and I'd like to add some extra symbols to my text. I could open the "char map" windows utility, look for the desired ...
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bash: how to pass command line arguments containing special characters

I've written myself a linux program program that needs a regular expression as input. I want to call the program in the bash shell and pass that regular expression as a command line argument to the ...
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Display Null Characters in PuTTy

I have a program which displays incoming data which is delimited by a null character (^A). I am accessing the server it is running on via PuTTY and When I open a log in a text editor these are ...
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How long would it take to make a dns domain forward from one address to another?

Here's an example. We've got a Swedish train station service Webpage. "skanetrafiken.se" What's strange is that you spell Skane with special character Å "Skåne" so what you would want is ...
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How to type Czech characters on Windows 7 using CS language with US International Keyboard input mode

I am running Windows 7. I have an Italian keyboard which I keep configured as a US keyboard (I know the positions of characters on my keyboard by heart and use it as though it were a US keyboard ...
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Linksys admin password change with special character

I just changed my Linksys router (WRT110, latest firmware 1.0.07) password to one containing one special accented character (é in this occurence), among the 22 characters (all others lowercase ...
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Unrecognized character in filename (linux)

I have a problem accessing file in linux Mint. The reason is obviously the unrecognized character(s) in the filename but none of the techniques I know helped me to rename it. So, here are details: ...
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Delete a file that “does not exist” with a strange name

I've read about deleting files which "do not exist" and got as far as del /q /s filename in command prompt. However, the file is named COM^sv3.O[e in the browser. but when i type in dir it = Of ...
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Copying symbolic links and filenames with special characters to NAS

I have a new Western Digital My Book Live NAS. I am trying to copy files from an old drive to the NAS. I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 and I've mounted the drive by browsing the network in Nautilus and ...
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(Czech) character set support in gvim 7.3 on Windows 7

I have received the following text on a Skype conversation, so I assume it is encoded in UTF-8. The special characters are from the Latin 2 (e.g. Czech) character set. Štěpánka Now I have tried to ...
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Windows utility to display and pick accented characters?

There seems to be no port of the iPhone/Android feature that displays a list of accented characters: Currently, even using the right keyboard layout, users either have to use the ALT key to enter ...
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How do I type the backtick / Grave accent character on a (UK) Windows 8 touch keyboard?

How do I type backtick (i.e. `) on a Windows 8 touch keyboard? This is a similar question to How do I type the tick and backtick characters on Windows? but the answer there covers real physical ...
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How do I remove zero width characters from an excel file?

I have an excel file which contains lots of text, which I've just found out contains zero width characters, which don't show up normally. I'm doing string comparisons, and they're causing problems. ...
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Special characters in filenames + nginx + php = 404

Recently I moved to a new server after the old one had died. I had wordpress installation there, powered by Apache2 and Gentoo Linux. When moving, I decided to use nginx and Debian instead. I brought ...
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How to type _capitalized_ Czech accented characters with a Czech Programmers' Keyboard

Not long ago I started the following thread on how to write Czech with a standard US ASCII keyboard on Windows 7: Writing Czech with US ASCII keyboard on Windows 7 where I was able to ask the ...
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Is there a Pac-Man-like character in ASCII or Unicode?

Simple question: is there a character that looks either like Pac-Man, or like the ghost in Pac-Man? With Google's recent Pac-Man logo, everyone should know what these look like, but in case you don't ...
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Can ampersands be used in folder names on a web server?

I have a website which contains several folders, including one called: bits & bobs which contains a file called test.txt However, when I try to navigate to the file, I get a "bad request" ...
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Batch removal of special characters from file names in Linux

I am seeking to remove all special characters from several files' worth of downloaded .pdfs, and came across exactly the solution I was looking for, albeit in an OS X environment: function to ...
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Trouble trying to use Windows Search to search for file with a question mark in the content

It seems that Windows Search is having trouble when I specify a question mark character as the content that I'm searching for within my files. I've tried: content:? content:"?" content:"\?" ...
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UNICODE bidirectional text characters

need to work with malware which uses bidi strings. They not so widely documented and I've found part of them in one place, part in another. For now I have these: 1. LRM - 0x200E 2. RLM - 0x200F 3. ...
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Copying text from YouTube to Clipboard introduces dashes?

Here's an example of a link I found on YouTube in the comments section of a video. gnu.org/distros/free-distros.h­tml This is the way it shows up in the comment. If I highlight this link and copy ...
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Cannot type any special character or umlaut in terminal

Environment: I am using Ubuntu 11.10 with wmii 3.9 as GUI and uxterm as terminal with bash as shell. The hardware is a Lenovo ThinkPad W500 with a Swissgerman keyboard layout (thus I need umlauts). I ...
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iTunes importing m3u playlists with special (non-ASCII) characters on OS X

I have Mac OS X and iTunes 10.2.2, and several m3u files (standard, non extended) containing the paths to songs that are already in the library, just not organized into playlists. I ran a Python ...
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CSV files cant store special characters?

I have read several other questions on this subject but none have an answer which fixes my problem. I have an execel file which is in russian and I need to convert it to CSV without it losing any of ...
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Can't paste symbol from Character viewer in Mac to Photoshop

This is extremely annoying: I want to paste in a special symbol in Photoshop using the Character Viewer in Mac. I understand that there are some fonts that do not support these symbols, but when I ...
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Need to sed awk or grep output to extract strings

I have output which looks like this: "vancouver/news/vancouver-voices": { "status": 0, "time": 0, "timestamp": 1371298701 }, "vancouver/news/vancouvers-march-second-annual-success": { ...
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Typing special characters with keyboard shortcuts instead of alt-numbers on Windows

How can I type special characters with keyboard shortcuts, like on OSX? For example Option+Shift+R will make an ‰ (per mil-symbol) on Mac, how do I do the same on Windows? I have already tried the ...
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How to type a caron char with querty keyboard?

How to type a Caron char with querty keyboard? I really need a blank space with this carot. I used the following instructions with no success. The oposite char, the Carot is on printed on my keyboard ...
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