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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 do I 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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(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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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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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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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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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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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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Rename a question mark (?) in filenames

With rename it is possible to bulk change filenames. I managed to get rid of all + with this command and replace them with underscores: rename 's/\+/_/g' * I could change normal letters like a to ...
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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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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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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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Insert accented characters on Windows 7 (preferable way is to mimic iPhone's solution)

I use English and Serbian/Croatian about 50%-50% of the time while on internet. The problem is, Serbo-Croatian alphabet contains 30 characters. The extra characters are pretty much letters like C, S, ...
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OSX: create keyboard shortcut for a unicode character

I would like to be able to insert a Unicode character, namely š, by pressing a keyboard shortcut in OSX. Some applications allow me to press and hold the s key and then I can select the desired ...
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sed regex remove special characters

I have a file with several strings that come from an HTML formated text, so they have some HTML sequences that doesn't look good in a console interface. Here's an example: Text1™ ...
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Fastest way to search a directory for file names with specific charachters?

I have a directory which contains sub folders which contain files with very diverse names from many different users so they are not named very consistently. I am moving this directory to a sharepoint ...
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How to insert Apple's Color Emoji in Keynote?

How can I insert Emoji into my Keynote presentation? From Keynote's menu under Edit » Special Characters, I can see the Emoji characters and drag and drop them to Keynote. But in Keynote (5.3) they ...
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Can we use special characters for Windows passwords?

I was wondering if we can use special characters in Windows password. I tried to use '♥' in bitlocker, the password was set. But when I tried to unlock the drive. I couldn't print this character by ...
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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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Kanji characters appear as boxes

i'm having trouble with the display of japanese characters on Windows 8 Pro (English, 64-bit, updated regularly). They appear as boxes (picture) in windows explorer, windows menus (even in the ...
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Parse by Control Characters

I am trying to parse the output of a command that expects to be writing to the screen. It has data separated by move-to-origin control sequences (for the VT220, ESC[1;1H). I only need the last part ...
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Scrutiny all visible or invisible characters of a text file [closed]

Is there any software that can be used to scrutinize all visible or invisible characters in a text file (characters like BOM, direction mark, line feed ...)? Showing the Unicode name of characters ...
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Alt+Numpad key codes on modern Windows laptops without numpad [duplicate]

I am using the Windows Alt+Numpad method a lot on my desktop PC to enter special characters like n-dash (Alt+0150), hard space (Alt+0160), typographic quotes, bullets, etc. This method needs a numpad ...
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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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ftp: special characters in password

I need to execute this command wget -r ftp://$USER:$PASSWORD@$SITE/ But first since there were some special characters (such as '!?') within the PASSWORD I had some problems that I solved by ...
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Keyboard shortcut to open a program blocks character to be entered in text fields

I set e on the desktop icon of Thunderbird as a shortcut (Ctrl+Alt+e) to open it. Now, when I edit a document (for example in LibreOffice) and I want to add the character "€" (which is the third ...
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How do I find out more about a unicode character I see in Windows?

Came across a character I didn't recognize: ‽ I was interested in knowing more about this character, but on Windows 7 charmap wasn't able to search the pasted-in results (in fact, in that text box, ...
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How can I format this path to work as registry key value?

C:\Program Files (x86)\DotR\DotR.exe I know I need to escape the backslashes like C:\\Program Files (x86)\\DotR\\DotR.exe but it still doesn't work. Do I need to handle spaces and parens as special ...
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Symbol 001E in a box on a Linux terminal

When reading a Windows log file in a Linux terminal, I see a strange symbol “001E” How can I replace it by space? Maybe something like sed -e 's/010e/ /'
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Character Map utility for quick insertion

I've been using ClipX for a while for easier Copy/Pasting, and I realised another thing I was missing: The ability to quickly and easily access a character map for immediate insertion as I type. I ...
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ANSI file with charSet with latin character

I´m with a doubt about encoding/charset. I make a test. Typing the string "TEST Á" without the quotes in Notepad++ with encode in ANSI. "The ANSI charsets are all the same for ASCII characters such ...
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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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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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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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chrome search in page: accented characters

Searching text inside a webpage (with ctrl-f) for an accented character, for instance è, chromium finds all occurrences of è, é and e. Similarly, searching e finds è and é as well. While it is an ...
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How can I get my computer to display special characters?

I see tweets, for instance, with special characters in them, that will not display correctly on this system. Here is an example. For numerous of these characters, I see boxes with four characters in ...