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Questions tagged [special-characters]

Use for questions concerning characters that either 1) are not individual letters, numbers, or punctuation symbols shown on the keys of your keyboard, or 2) are treated differently from their literal value in a "coding" situation, such as interpretation as wildcard or metacharacters.

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Chrome Helvetica French Characters Spacing

Chrome has begun to render Helvetica in quite a weird manner and it started affecting the way accentuated characters are spaced. It happens with French and Romanian accents and diacritics. Here's an ...
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A quick tool for inputting many special characters? [closed]

You might be thinking that I can use a special keyboard layout or alt codes. However, they don't provide enough characters. Unicode alt codes in the other hand require knowing every single Unicode ...
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Excel adds quotation marks to the end of my formula

Excel automatically corrects my formula, saying "We found a typo in your formula and tried to correct it to:" =CONCAT(CHAR(34),A4,""":""",D4,"""") My original formula only has three quotation marks ...
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LO Calc won't strip quotation marks from text

Since quotation marks serve a special function, treating them as a character requires workarounds. There are a number of standard methods, such as doubling the quotation mark or using CHAR(32), its ...
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Right-Alt modifier no longer works in most programs

I'm a programmer. You can guess I use the { } and [ ] characters a lot. I am on a French Canadian Keyboard, and I of course checked that this is till the case in the context of my issue. On this ...
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How to search Windows Explorer for file names containing invalid characters?

I have downloaded over 10,000 files and need to move them to a different folder than my downloads folder. Unfortunately, these files have miscellaneous names, and some of them contain invalid ...
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Unable to input UTF-16 characters in firefox

I want to insert greek characters, via a keyboard mapping I've made, when working in firefox (and Jupyter Notebook). I am able to use ctrl+cmd+space to add characters like 𝝭 𝝭 MATHEMATICAL SANS-...
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Alt+Num pad stopped working for special characters

This has happened on both my machines, albeit a little bit differently. On my laptop, which is my main concern right now, it has stopped working completely. Alt+Num pad for typing special characters ...
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Can't delete folder in Windows 10 with special character

I have a similar problem as in Can't delete folder (in Windows 10) that contains special character in that I get the exact same error message when trying to delete a specific folder. From Can'...
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Japanese Keyboard: How do you use the symbols on the¥ key?

On a Japanese keyboard I can see that only the ¥ key has more than two Japanese symbols, i.e. ¥ , |, - and sometimes ¬. Which modifier keys (Shift, Alt, Ctrl etc.) do I need to press to get each of ...
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How to disable CTRL+LALT shortcut for typing national characters [duplicate]

Some languages use combination RALT+LETTER to get national and special characters, ex: RALT+U may result in €, depending on language settings. The same effect can be achieved by pressing LCTRL+LALT+...
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Android/Linux: Delete multiple files containing the @, except for 2 files

I'm trying to delete with Terminal Emulator or Termux files located in /data/dalvik-cache/arm. I want to delete all files except for 2 of them: "system@framework@boot.art" and "system@framework@boot....
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How to show special characters in filename in Windows

How can I inspect the characters of a file name in Windows 10 ? I have some files which contains some 'space' characters, and other who contain some 'non-breaking-space' characters. And maybe some ...
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Batch: How to echo a set /p with special characters into a file?

I'm working on a script where I have the following code: :top Echo Enter Message set /p msg=">" if "%msg%"=="C" goto cancel echo %msg% >> File.txt goto top :cancel I'm looking for a way ...
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curl / wget is adding an extra ^M when I append data to a file

Something is buzzing me about this. I'm trying to download two different hosts files into one, if I do this serperatly then everything is fine, but when I append the firs to the second a strange ...
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Replace special chararcters in a 60MB file

I have a big text file. 200,000 lines. 60MB. I would like to replace : & -> & Ë -> Ë Ê -> Ê etc... Any simple idea please ? (Textpad or Notepad++?) Edit : ...
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Proper encoding for file names in zip archives created in Windows and unpacked in linux

I have problems with different charsets in Windows and Linux (Centos). I have files with special characters in their filenames from many different languages. The zip archive is generated under Win7 ...
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Nginx Rewrite Rule for Special Charachter

I have one URL as www.xyz.com/api/abcdefgh^ijklmn. I want to redirect this URL www.xyz.com/api/abcdefgh%5ijklmn. Can some one suggest what will be Nginx Redirect rule for this.
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rsnapshot special character recognition?

I've setup a backup using rsnapshot and I noticed that it doesn't backup files and directories with names containing special characters, in my case chinese characters. I have no admin rights to the ...
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Write windows alt characters in cmd

I want to write a non-space wrap (it's not a full space, just a tiny space alike character) ALT + 0157. The problem is in windows its ok I can rename a file and add that character to it but in cmd, it ...
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Weird character causing error when trying to import Excel sheet

This character " " (which isn't visible once I save this comment). It looks like 2 brackets pushed together, touching to form a tall rectangle. [] An exported Excel sheet from Filemaker (old version)...
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MS Access won't display line breaks of existing data

I am creating an MS Access front end for data from somewhere else. In this case, it's a linked SQL Server table. The data is actually imported from a shared-hosting LAMP web server. It's the ...
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Why does Notepad++ display some Unicode characters as square?

It can display ₐ₊₋ but some other subscripts (like ₂ₙ) are converted to squares. When I copy that square and paste on here the problem disappears: ₂. Why is that? The file is encoded in UTF-8. FYI: ...
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How to enable Replace-as-you-Type on Windows (system-wide)

Windows Gurus, On the Mac OS I have many keyboard shortcuts set up to type strange characters, such as "\pi" types a PI symbol (π), or even emojis. There is a system pref. pane, next to the "...
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Special characters don't appear in Word

I'm trying to display Cyrillic characters but I only get squares and other special characters. I enter them using Alt + keycode but it won't work. I tried going to Insert -> Symbols and they are ...
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Shorter alternative for CHAR(9) (tab) in Excel formula

I need to add several tabs in my formula so that when pasted as text the values have tabs. I use CHAR(9) for each tab, but using multiple CHAR(9)s made my formula very long, which would reach over the ...
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windows batch complex -o parameter for youtube-dl - how to properly format?

The goal is a batch file which calls youtube-dl to save files to folders with this naming convention: chapter number[space]chapter name\playlist index[space]title.ext This attempt at passing an ...
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Cannot write ă symbol in name during Windows 10 setup

I am starting a brand new PC with Windows 10 pre-installed for the very first time. Now I am stuck because I cannot write the user name with this special character ă. I try to use the Alt + ASCII ...
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Typing special character in password on OS with default keyboard

I'm trying to log into my CentOS server using KVM. The OS has default keyboard (US one, I guess) and my password contains local character (this one) that is not avaliable in the US keyboard. How can I ...
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Why are extended ASCII values on my computer accurate until 188?

I want to be able to type special characters, and judging from this list, only from 0 to 188 (inclusive) do the characters I get out match whats on that site.
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Trying to search filenames with special characters in windows explorer (Windows 10)

Through a very annoying person's mistake, thousands of my files have been copied, often multiple times. This has resulted in thousands of files named filename(2), filename(3), etc. My bright idea was ...
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how to escape # in my expect scipt while calling password from another file

I have few queries in expect.. I'm using expect script and I need to pick the password from a different file.. 1) I'm able to do it.. but for one of my connection the password starts with # (hash ...
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Why am I seeing this kind of weird emoji-like characters in web page

I'm getting these weird emoji-like characters when I see the official website of ballerinalang.com hosting by wso2.com Can anybody please tell me why am I seeing this kind of stuff? It's really ...
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Remapping special characters in vim

I'm quite new to vim and I dislike that the basic movement buttons are mapped to hjkl, since h and j are meant to be pressed with the same finger. I am using a hungarian keyboard, which has 3 more ...
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What kind of special character is this: 𝓱𝒆𝓪𝓿𝒆𝓷𝓼 𝓰𝓪𝓽𝒆? [duplicate]

I see someone wrote this comment in a Facebook post: 𝓱𝒆𝓪𝓿𝒆𝓷𝓼 𝓰𝓪𝓽𝒆 ...and I'm quickly interested in finding what kind of character is that, so I googled it, but the search results return ...
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After ibus-pinyin installation, I can't insert accented characters in LibreOffice

I'm using Debian 3.16.39-1 (amd64) and LibreOffice 4.3.3.2. I've recently installed ibus-pinyin. I'm using ibus Spanish keyboard layout to write, which includes accent keys that combine automatically ...
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Guidlines for special characters in passwords [closed]

It seems like acceptance of special character by a website depends on (1) Framework (2) Additional policies enforced by an admin For instance, @%+\/'!#$^?:.(){}[]~ Supported by Oracle id ...
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Replace all for special characters

does anybody know how you could replace all characters by a special character. Say, I would like to replace all *s by x (not x, but the multiplication sign also known as cross product sign). There are ...
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why does Powershell tell me that my file represents a path when I try to rename it?

I have a filename "+1.txt" that I wish to rename to "+2.txt" My Powershell script is: $old = "\+1" $new = "\+2" Get-ChildItem | Rename-Item -NewName {$_.name -replace $old, $new } This returns: ...
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Why is this search not working in MS Word 2016?

I have a large document (1000 pages) and I need to replace every « at the beginning of a word with a » (ALT+0187). When I want to search a document for the character W at the beginning of a word, I ...
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Tar cf cannot archive files with a colon in their name

I'm currently working on a task of archiving an old web application. I made back-ups of the database and the application itself, now I'm trying to back-up the filestore that contains all uploaded ...
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Why shouldn’t I use Unicode characters to simulate typographic styles (such as small caps or script)?

Unicode contains various characters that look like typographically stylised variants of characters of the basic Latin alphabet and that allow one to write texts in the corresponding typographic styles ...
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How to add new line character in notepad++ like one would do in Vim?

I have a bash script which parse text files. In these text files some lines contains a new line character, when I open the file with Vim it looks like this: data 1=part 1 ^M part 2 data 2=part 1 I ...
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How To Change Command Prompt Codepage in Windows?

I'm using dir command in a command prompt to export file & folders names, but I encounter problems with some Spanish characters: á é í ñ ó. My code page is 437, how can I change it to 850?
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How do I enter Dano-Norwegian letters like “Æ” in the Computer Modern font in Microsoft Word?

I could use some help regarding the Computer Modern font in Microsoft Word. I would like to type Dano-Norwegian letters such as æ ø å, but the CM fonts I have found (http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/...
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Large 'R' symbol html code?

Does anybody know the name and/or HTML character code for this large R? It's used in discrete mathematics when discussing relations.
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Toggle Chrome showing end-of-text (and other ascii) character

I've seen some posts about general "weird" characters, but those don't exactly answer my question. In particular, I'm seeing the end-of-text character. In chrome it's rendering as: while in firefox ...
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Finding X11 UTF GB files

I am using Linux Mint, and want to edit my compose keys according to the instructions given here. My keyboard settings are English (UK). However, in the folder /usr/share/X11/locale where I expect to ...
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What's the name and where can I find this strange RTL character?

See, I've just found out something that impressed and confused me at the same time. There's this strange character which allows you to type everything reversed by default. For example, if I type: "...
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Bash history corrupted after power loss

I went to the store and when I came back, I found that I had forgotten to plug in my laptop and It had died from a low battery. When I rebooted, I was surprised to find that my bash history, instead ...