Plain text files that I have previously saved, and not modified or moved, using Windows Notepad, now have characters missing. The URL in each .txt file has the same characters missing, the colon and forward slash. Any ideas?

Text File 1


Has become:


Text File 2


Has become:


This is my routine; I download software, for example BleachBit, from say SourceForge and save it to a folder. Then in the same folder I create a new plain text file using Windows Notepad. I copy the URL of the software I have downloaded from Firefox, and paste the URL into the newly created text file. The reason being, someone else can see exactly where the software originated if there is a problem with the installation. Only 2% of the text files that I have created are exhibiting the above behavior. Any ideas greatly appreciated.

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    Do you get the same effect if you TYPE the files from a command prompt? Notepad is sometimes too smart for its own good... – a CVn May 22 '15 at 11:31
  • @MichaelKjörling: Perhaps, but I've never seen it do this. – Karan May 23 '15 at 4:20
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    Please do not simply rollback edits that help your question. Comments are transient and subject to deletion and your question should be the true source for all the information pertaining to your problem. This is not a forum and as such we have different standards for content. Please consider taking the tour. – Mokubai May 24 '15 at 5:12
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    @ Karan: Apologies, I should have finished the reply with - Only 2% of the text files that I created are exhibiting the above behavior. All of the text files were created at the same time. None of the text files were opened at the time of creation. The only time the text files were opened was just before creating this thread, when I found 2% of them in this format. I will take a tour of super user asap, thanks. – Morpheus May 24 '15 at 17:21
  • You have assumed that the text files were modified after saving.
  • All the evidence points to the clipboard text being modified by Explorer prior to pasting (but unless you are looking very closely at the time you won't notice the stripped characters).
  • In your 2 examples the only characters that have been removed are : and /. These are invalid filename characters.
  • They have most likely been removed, at times when the url was on the clipboard. You accidentally pasted while naming a file in Explorer, and the invalid filename characters were stripped from the clipboard contents at that time. Then when you pasted the text into Notepad, unbeknownst to you, some of the characters had already been removed.

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