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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Search websites whose urls contain a specific word [migrated]

I'm wondering if it's possible to search all the websites whose url contains a specific word. Example: I'd like to search all the websites with the word ".uni??" in their url ("?" ...
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Double special characters on windows US-international keyboard layout

I use the US-international layout on windows 10 to be able to write accents, ñ or ¿(Spanish), but whenever I want to write some standard special characters (not all), like ^, ~, `, ' or " , I ...
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Input variable with special characters

I have some existing command files that ask for the password. These passwords are now system generated and may include special characters such as a pipe |. set /p pw=Enter password: When the set ...
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How to make notepad++ use TeX-style double click behavior

In Notepad++ you can change the double click settings to include special characters as part of a single word via Settings -> Preferences -> Delimiter -> Word character list -> Add your ...
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Letter 'ć' doesn't work in chrome ('ą', 'ę', etc. work)

On a Mac, Monterey, in Chrome whenever I press Option + c I expect 'ć' to appear. It never does. That's a special chars in the Polish language. Other special chars appear (ą, ę, ł, ó, ż, ź, ś, ń), ...
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Typing capital delta using ALT code in Windows [duplicate]

I was trying to type the capital delta using the ALT code given here. But when I type ALT+916, I get "ö" instead of the capital delta. Why is this happening? How may I type the capital delta?...
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Type superscripts of multiple characters to express mathematical exponents

If in linux I type CTRL-shift-U, followed by a unicode control code, I can type a superscript. So if I type 10, followed by CTRL-shift-U, followed by b9, I can get 10¹. How though do I write something ...
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Windows displaying shapes and lines instead of Letters

Windows is not displaying certain fonts for some reason. Any idea how to fix this ?? To read this text, I have to copy it and paste on notepad.
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How Can I Type A Checkmark (✓) Via Alt Code?

Presently, every time I want to check something off I have to Google "checkmark", copy the symbol from a 3rd party website, paste it into a text editor to remove formatting, and then copy ...
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Levantine Arabic (ajp, apc) characters incorrectly displayed

On Windows 10, with Edge, Firefox, or Chrome, Arabic characters are not displayed correctly when the language codes ajp (South Levantine) or apc (North Levantine) are used. "ajp" and "...
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Typing alt codes on keyboard without numeric pad

I bought this keyboard without a numeric pad but as I found out I'm not able to use alt codes with it to type symbols such as Alt+30 makes ▲ or ■ and so on Is there a trick how to type alt codes on a ...
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How to delete a file with 0 bytes, but read "þa" from it in a c program

This question is not the same as How to delete an invincible 0 byte file? since none of the answers have worked and my impossible to delete file I "feeeel" is different. I was following this ...
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Dollar $ and Euro € characters randomly appearing when typing on my keyboard

every time I'm trying to use my computer and type something, the pc will randomly write a $ or a € anywhere in the sentence, and I'm pissed off because I have to always read what I'm writing and ...
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sed big string with special characters

I have a string that I want to remplace in a script to put the actual path of the file so: my issue is that the string has special characters inside Dir=pwd old=simulationfoam = OpenFOAMReader(...
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How to restore the Alt-code to é and similar mappings on Word 2003 on Windows 10?

I used to be able to type Alt+0233 to get an e-acute (é) on Word 2003 on Windows 10, and I could also use various other Alt-code combinations, all beginning 02, to get other characters with diacritics,...
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Reading a reg key that contains a CRLF?

If a registry key, exports to a reg file as: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\key ] "test"="1" and from a PS window, the following works: Get-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:...
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How to type mdash and ndash characters in Windows 10 on a UK English keyboard? [duplicate]

In HTML, they are called the – and — entities. Here is how they look like: – hyphen – en dash (or ndash, en-dash or n-dash) — em dash (or mdash, em-dash or m-dash) ...
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convert character set (German)

I have a text file that uses various characters in the 128+ range in currently non-standard ways. The file command just says Non-ISO extended-ASCII. From the context I can recognise these: Octal 201: ...
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Apostrophe/Accute accent breaking scripts

I'm pulling a large collection of pdf files from a server and some of them contain this character ’. On mac this is no problem and everything works fine, but when i run it on a linux environment it ...
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Shell special chars blowing up regexp(s) in all: sed, (g)awk, and perl [closed]

I would like to change the PS1 in my ~/.bashrc programmatically with any of the the most popular regexp tools { sed, awk or perl }. However, I have problems with special characters. Note that in the ...
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Rename a file with special characters and symbols? [duplicate]

I have read carefully the answers on this post. None of them helps me. I have accidentally download a file with non-ASCII characters into my Windows desktop as shown. I cannot move it or rename the ...
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Mac equivalent of Windows + Period

On Windows, pressing Windows + Period opens a menu that allows you to type Emoji, a few multicharacter emoticons, and characters from a list of symbols that's similar to the list used by MS Word. Is ...
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How to deal with special characters in an Excel vlookup in order to display properly?

I have cells with validation values set to a list of some Wingdings characters, and these cells use the Wingdings font: If I use the combo validation by hand to set a value, it works perfectly. But ...
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Clipping special characters to clipboard using command prompt

I want to place a certain useful special character to the clipboard to use it. So I did this using a simple batch script, something like this: @echo off set /p char=<character.txt echo %char%| ...
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Quick access to special characters, ideally from the taskbar (Windows 10)

I have the following problem: I regularly need to use a variety of maybe 10 special characters in emails, text files, and so on. They are not located on my keyboard and I don't want to memorize the ...
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Type Alt Characters in Google Chrome Browser Without Switching Tabs

How do you type special characters in Google Chrome when Alt+# is a shortcut to switch to that tab? I've been unable to find an answer to this online. I'm aware that in Linux I can use Ctrl+Shift + U ...
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How to display special non-ASCII Unicode characters in Notepad++? (regardless if file saved and reopened)

When bookmarking a URL like: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/youcare-search/ You get this bookmark title: YouCare - The charitable search engine – Get this Extension for 🦊 Firefox Then, if ...
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Are there special characters that can be used for sorting but not displaying?

We have a short simple list of text strings on a platform that forces alphabetical order. We'd like to have a custom order without prefixing numbers or other distracting characters (it's a customer-...
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Conditional formatting to rows without a special character *

How to apply conditional formatting to rows that do not have a special character * or any special characters?
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Exclamation Points - Is there a linux bash command to find and delete all directories named "!example" (and their contents)

I have searched and searched for an answer to this question, and I have used some of the answers I found in the past for finding and deleting large numbers of directories that are named by a certain ...
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Multiple diacritics in Word

I am trying to type a paper in the Arabic Language and I need to put more than one diacritic on a single letter. I have been trying to find a way in Word but it doesn't work. When I tried to do this ...
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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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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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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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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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