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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How do I pass a URL containing an equals sign to explorer.exe?

I've tried running prompt> explorer.exe "https://www.google.com/search?q=example" , but it just opens a normal explorer window. prompt> explorer.exe "https://www.example.com/?q" works. It ...
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Unicode identifiers and operator characters

There are so called operators in programming languages (PLs), for example, “=”, “+”, “<<”, and many others. Their distinctive feature is that they consist of punctuation, mathematical symbols, ...
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Why does Online Word converts special characters to certain sequences?

For example, & gets changed to +ACY-. Why does Word do this and what is the purpose of this not so great subtittion? This occurs in Online Word as of now. It happens when entering special ...
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How to format WinLogon\Shell with multiple spaces, quotes, and special characters?

Trying to start a custom application instead of explorer.exe at startup, but can't seem to figure out the proper format to accommodate the extra spaces, quotes, and special characters. Here's what I'...
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nginx - Filelisting encoding messed up

I'm using nginx 1.17.8 on Windows 10. In the config I have set autoindex on, which works fine. But then some files with special characters are wrongly encoded / messed up: The auto generated link for ...
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Removing blank data from cells in Excel

I have a file with 50000 rows and 500 columns approx. with data populated. Though half of the cells in the sheet seem blank but the file looks heavier (50mb) which should not be. When I count the ...
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How to find all hidden symbols on a keyboard?

OK I constantly see articles on how to type special characters using the character map or the codes or whatever ways. But often there is a way to type a symbol, but you just don't know under which key ...
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Windows 10 utility to replace keyboard repeat with phone-style hold for special characters? [closed]

Is there any utility available for Windows 10 that would allow my to replace the default hold-to-repeat-character behavior with a phone-style (Android at least) hold-to-enter-special-character? I can'...
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Create custom alt + control keys in Windows 10

Is it possible to create custom keyboard shortcuts on Windows 10 to generate characters that aren't featuring on your keyboard ? In my case I often need the ß character but it's not featuring on my ...
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Is URL encoding guarranteed to output printable characters only?

I refer to the URL encoding used in Burp and in the browsers Is URL encoding guaranteed to output printable characters only?
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Write unicode char above other char

I've come across unicode combining chars like xͩ (U+0369). After seeing this, I want to write text over other text like this: xͩxͩxͩ. The problem is, that not every latin character has an associated ...
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Windows 10 Missing Left Double Quotation Mark Glyph in Character Map

This is so weird. I am simply trying to type an open double quotes symbol in Windows 10 that should look like this: Actually, I'm trying to replace wrongly interpolated quotes symbols in an ANSI ...
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How to pass unknown command line arguments containing special characters (bash)?

I am trying to figure out how to solve a problem with a "$" causing command expansion as part of a password field. How do you backslash the "$" when using command substitution (unknown) arguments? (i....
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Invalid pipe character in file name

I’m on Windows 7 Pro x64 and I’ve downloaded a file using Firefox and it’s named guerriére | warrior.PNG with a pipe character (|) in file name and I can’t find how to delete or rename it. Running ...
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Command works locally but returns “event not found” when invoked with ssh

I want to check for read only file systems. I wrote this awk command and it works fine: awk '{ if ( $4 ~ /ro,/ && $2 !~ /sys/ ) {print $2} }' /proc/mounts I want to use this command with ssh....
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Save linux terminal content *as displayed* to file

I used screen -L to capture the output of an ipython session. ipython does a ton of munging of its output to allow for overwrites of the display in the terminal, so the file is full of control codes ...
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Umlaut characters using UK keyboard on Windows (no NumPad)

Several references describe using Alt combined with numeric keys (with NumLock on). Other references suggest using the United States International keyboard layout. But: Keyboard is UK (the US layout ...
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Sublime Text 3 will not save password in sftp-config file for SFTP plugin

I am using the SFTP plugin and have run into an issue where it will not let me save the password because of special characters in it, specifically, # The simple solution would be to change the ...
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VNC Keyboard Mapping Mismatch

Background I am using a VNC Viewer to connect from my local client Windows 10 Home to a remote mac OS X El Capitan host. Unfortunately, on my remote desktop the key-to-character mappings are ...
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Word replace mechanism

I have a document in Word (Hebrew language). Many words in the document end with apostrophe (’), and I need to replace it with the character ('). However, when I"m trying to do so via the Word "Find ...
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NetTerm shows characters instead of lines

My issue is almost the same as Why does YaST now show lines as lqqqqqqqqqqqqqqq? , but instead of PuTTY and YaST, I'm using NetTerm and MLS (= WMS). My lines are also shown in characters as you can ...
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CodeLite replacing accent by special characters

I'm using CodeLite to develop my PHP applications, but this one has the annoying tendency to replace all my accents with special characters (this one: � or others like é). But UTF-8 encoding is ...
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Cannot write character è

I have an English version of Windows 10 operating system with Hungarian keyboard. The general use of non-Hungarian Latin special characters (and I guess this is the same of all the Latin keyboards) is ...
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Can't copy file with double quotes - invalid argument or no such file

We've got an old system with a write protected (qstar tape) filesystem on it and I'm trying to copy all the files off there before it's canned. CentOS release 6.9 (Final) - 2.6.32-696.23.1.el6....
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Cannot create new files with “:” in their filenames, but I have already 13300 of them that work fine (linux, ntfs partition)

I have a Windows 10 / Manjaro (4.19.32-1-MANJARO) dual boot. All my personal data is stored on an NTFS partition that I use in both systems. I have a project which involves pictures with some colons (...
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Accents only work half the time

I've been having a very odd issue on an HP pavilion laptop running Windows 10 1903. When I press the accent keys (´/` and ~/^), followed by a letter ("a", for example), some times an accented letter ...
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How to type directly with keyboard the U+200C character?

How to type directly with keyboard the U+200C character in Notepad or other places... in Windows 8.1? (without depending on a certain font) I don't want to copy and paste ways. I don't want any ...
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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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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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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 : &amp; -> & &#203; -> Ë &#202; -> 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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How to use command prompt to delete file with special characters?

I found this answer on Server Fault, but it is nearly 10 years old and doesn't work anyway I have files with names like: AlchBagSquare_Black°.nif League-of-Legends-фэндомы-1759411.jpeg When I ...
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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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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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