I made a batch-file snake game and inserted some special characters via HEX to ANSI conversion in Notepad++. It worked normally. But I noticed that there was an update to the Consolas font and two of the characters became visually the same. Are they:

One of them was slightly larger. I used chcp 437 (United Stades). But now I have to choose another character. I thought of the U+25CF ● that can be found in the Character's Map (charmap). But I cannot display it on the console. In the Notepad++ it is shown like that:

And in the console it shows different things depending on the code page...
How do I show the black circle with the Consolas font so I don't have to downgrade?


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You could use the UTF-8 Encoding to display Unicode characters.
The following command will set the console to UTF-8:

chcp 65001

If you wish to set UTF-8 to be the default for all future consoles, see the post
Using UTF-8 Encoding (CHCP 65001) in Command Prompt / Windows Powershell (Windows 10).

  • I alread tried 65001 and 65000 but is shown a square with a question mark. The file is encoded to UTF-8 without BOM.
    – Zano
    Dec 1, 2021 at 21:16
  • 120 x78 x 184 xB8 � 248 xF8 � 121 x79 y 185 xB9 � 249 xF9 � 122 x7A z 186 xBA � 250 xFA � 123 x7B { 187 xBB � 251 xFB � 124 x7C | 188 xBC � 252 xFC � 125 x7D } 189 xBD � 253 xFD � 126 x7E ~ 190 xBE � 254 xFE � 127 x7F 191 xBF � 255 xFF � I made a small script and most characters appear with question marks, including the black circle x25CF.
    – Zano
    Dec 1, 2021 at 21:20
  • Try adding the BOM, using chcp with UTF-8. You haven't mentioned a file, so how do you display it in the console?
    – harrymc
    Dec 1, 2021 at 21:20
  • I said it was a batch-file. It shows through ECHOes. With BOM it doesn't show anything either. It doesn't even run ECHO. But anyway giving TYPE in the file it shows %�
    – Zano
    Dec 1, 2021 at 21:25
  • Hey, I thought to insert this character I would have to insert its hex code. But just giving copy and paste in text editor, it displays normally in console. But I will vote for your help.
    – Zano
    Dec 1, 2021 at 21:30

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