How to use the 6.2.3 version of Notepad++.I want to know how to make visible of BOM chanracters.I tried with menu list available but no use.

But those characters are available only at Linux Environment.If we use vi editor.


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I don't know what you want to achieve so this may be irrelevant, but you could always use a hex editor to see and edit the raw representation of your file.

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    There is the HEX-Editor plugin for Notepad++.
    – Abdull
    Sep 20, 2014 at 8:40

As far as I know, you can't show/visualize the BOM in Notepad++.

The menu View > Show Symbol > Show All Characters doesn't include the 0xFEFF character.


Following up from Abdull's comment above was able to view ff fe or ÿþ as the Unicode big endian (BE) byte order mark in the N++ hex plugin for N++ (v6.88). Once the plugin is installed click Plugins > View in Hex.

  • As a side note you should be looking for ef bb bf (characters ) in UTF-8
    – Laurent B
    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:23

vim (in either textual or graphic mode) can show all control characters if you :set list. The BOM is a special case, controlled by the :set bomb or :set nobomb commands.

Copied from here, thank you Alex Martelli.


This is for whoever is trying to find these annoying characters and filter em out.

In between the parenthesis there are 10 BOM charaters (aka 0xFEFF [e2 80 8b] \xEF\xBB\xBF) and this image shows how to find them.

In n++ Find: \u200b

How to find the BOM characters

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