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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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Unicode glyphs for wysiwyg ruler bar symbols (margin, left-tab,right-tab, center-tab and decimal-tab)

Various word processors and text layout software have a "ruler bar" to indicate margins, indentation, and tab locations for a block of text. The symbology used in ruler bars is fairly ...
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Is there a trick to add an unix user with '@' inside its login on debian

On Debian, there is not a lot of limitations to add an unix user. Ie: the login may contain dots and uppercase letters. Is there a trick to add an unix user with an '@' inside its login ? I understand ...
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Active Directory - ß vs. ss

I'm trying to unify the streetaddress attribute of our users. In German, the character ß can also be represented as ss. Some users have Examplestraße as streetaddress value, while others have ...
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What is the name of `¬` character on the keyboard and what is it primary purpose since I never see it in normal text or programming code? [duplicate]

What is the name of this ¬ character on the keyboard and what is used for? The duplicate answers don't quite explain its main usage, and why a character such as this takes up space on keyboards with ...
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How to type an approximately equal (≈) sign on Swedish keyboard pipe?

How to type an approximately equal (≈) sign on Swedish keyboard pipe? Kept getting re-directed to this issue when googling for a solution: How do I type the pipe symbol on a Swedish keyboard?
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How do I send ALT+F1 through ALT+F7 via ssh?

I'm using the (Open)ssh client in Konsole, and I cannot figure out how to send ALT-Fx keys, so I can switch between terminals on the remote machine. I need it so I can switch the GUI on/off via init 3 ...
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need POSIX solution to remove special invisible characters from file

I have a file that comes to us from a third party (Windows) and is not in our control. I observed that it has special characters like below: root@DKERP:~# cat -ev ~/check_disk_space.sh M-oM-;M-?#!/bin/...
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How to create short cuts for typing special characters in Ubuntu?

I am using the OS Ubuntu 20.04.6 LTS and I have an American keyboard. I need to type from time to time Russian special characters (e.g. ё). Is there way/program that allows me to introduce my own ...
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Replace special characters and numbers from columns Notepad++

I need to find/replace all special characters and numbers from 2 columns in Notepad++ with a space. Is there a way to list several special characters and numbers in the "find what" bar? ...
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7-zip unzipping files via command line where the zip contains special characters

7-zip was used in Windows to compress a batch of folders that contained file paths and file names that uses special characters such as € and accented letters. When the command line prompt is used to ...
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What is this character?

I'm running an Ubuntu machine and RDP'ing into a Windows 10 server. There's a .txt file on the server which when opened in Windows' text editor looks like this: when I open a terminal and typethe ...
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How do I send multiple Ctrl-C signals without releasing Ctrl key in Windows?

My setup is a Windows 11 workstation running Putty to connect to an embedded device over FTDI USB-serial adapter. For most cases this works flawlessly. The failing bit is when I need to send multiple ...
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FFmpeg issue with special char "@" in png file name

I just discovered an issue with ffmpeg when trying to create an mp4 video file from multiple png files that contain @ in the file name. So I'm calling ffmpeg_exe -y -f concat -i [email protected] -...
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I am using a MacBook Pro and how to type special characters like ~ and ^ in Kali Linux terminal not working

I'm running Kali Linux on my Macbook Pro and it is not recognizing my keyboard. I am unable to type special characters like ~ and ˆ.
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How to remove unknown character from a filename in Linux

I am using Nextcloud to sync files from computer A (unknown computer - i'm guessing Mac) to computer B (Rocky Linux server). Some of the invoices that come from computer A have special characters in ...
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Deleting files that start with " or '

Sort of noob Linux user here. I would like to delete a number of files that are contained in a list. The files may contain spaces in their names. I can create a file that goes something like this: rm -...
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How to quickly determine which files contain only NULLs so they can be safely deleted (Windows)?

A friend has thousands of files that likely contain nothing but NULLs (ASCII 0). (If interested, see this Super User QA to learn why). The files range in size from 650 bytes to ~200MB (with the ...
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How to enter special characters like ∞, ˚ in macOS?

I can't enter special characters like ∞, ˚ in macOS. How to enter this character in macOS?
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Variable with special character in a string in zsh

I'm trying to create a variable $creds using the command line for storing credentials that I use over and over in some terminal sessions. The value in the string looks like -u myusername -p mypass!...
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How to enter accented characters like "ü" and "ö" in Windows?

In Windows, I can't type characters like ü and ö. How do I enter these characters on Windows?
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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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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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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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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 [duplicate]

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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