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Questions tagged [special-characters]

For questions about symbols not appearing on a standard keyboard and those that do but act in a non-standard way. May include: accented (eg é in café), codepoints outside ASCII 32-126, emoticons etc (see tag [emoji]), escape (eg \ and ~), non-English language (eg Greek and Hebrew), invisible (eg line breaks and NBSP), symbols used in equations and formulae, wildcards (eg ? and *) and others that do not behave as normal English alphabet/numbers/punctuation

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Can we “escape” a # word in a Google+ to avoid conversion to a hashtag?

Example : With some software the prefix of a pound-sign / hash / number symbol is significant. We don't want to it to be a hashtag. Here are a couple examples where I've tried to escape text so that ...
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How can I stop apostrophes in names from tripping up formulae?

I'm using a formula to run through a list of names, compare them to a master list and check associated values for the names that appear on both. =COUNTA( Iferror(QUERY(Requirements!A2:F, "select A ...
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Twitter Bio intersection character - how to insert?

I have a tagline I use on my webpage and email signature: People Plants Place with the intersection symbol &#8745 between first two strings: I'd like to use this in my Twitter bio but no success ...
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Use I'm-Feeling-Lucky type URL on 3rd party website

An answer to this post explains that it is possible to use a URL to link somebody to the first web page in a Google Search result, like "I'm feeling lucky" does. For example https://www.google.com/...
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How do I generate RSS feeds for YouTube channels with non-English characters in their names?

I create RSS feeds for YouTube channels using this formula: https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?user=**channel or user name** But this method doesn't seem to work for, for example, this channel....
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Google Spreadsheets CSV Encoding not UTF-8?

I was assuming that Google spreadsheet exports UTF-8 encoded CSVs. However, this does not seem to be the case — my German Umlauts, etc. (äüöß, etc.) are not recognized, i.e., when opening the file in ...
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How do I escape formatting characters in Slack?

Slack uses various characters for its own markdown formatting. How can I enter a message with those reserved characters escaped? e.g. Is it possible to send a message exactly like this: *I don't ...
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How do I escape Google functional characters?

How do you search searches that include Google functional characters, like - * " on Google? For example, how would one search for "Hello World" with the quotes included into the search?
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Yahoo Mail is not allowing the entry of Polish letters

In Polish we have letters that need a dot over Z for example. I am able to type them using the keyboard as Alt + z to yield ż. I can write it anywhere else but within the Yahoo Mail text. When I ...
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How do I insert foreign characters in Gmail?

If I want to include a name with a diacritical mark, such as Zoë or François, I either have to open up a character map, or an online table of ASCII codes, to find the characters to cut and paste into ...
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Is there a search engine that allows you to search for a specific string including special characters that has similar coverage to Google [duplicate]

Let's say I want to search for "100-Coins Star" (with the speech marks to tell Google to search for that specific term). Google comes up with results for 100 Coins Star. Ignoring the spaces and dash. ...
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Searching symbols, non-letter characters in Google [duplicate]

I'd like to search the internet for a string containing a few symbols, namely dashes, pipes and angle brackets. I tried searching for them by typing them into Google but it seems to ignore the ...
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How does Google handle special characters?

According to Google Basic search help Generally, most punctuation and special characters are ignored, however there is a growing list of punctuation and symbols that are recognized in searches. ...
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Special characters in GitHub markdown code blocks

Markdown automatically escapes ampersands and angle brackets within a code block, so how is it possible to use special characters that require escaping for example: λ ? I know that one ...
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Why å displays like Ã¥?

Here å is not a problem but it's Ã¥ on this page. Why?
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What are these funny characters on Twitter?

Recently I've noticed many strange characters appearing on Twitter. Based on one person's joke tweet I read I think they may be emoji or something similar. How can I get these displaying properly in ...
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Character converter between languages [closed]

Is there such a thing? I want to convert a text with Latin characters to a text with characters in Chinese, Greek and so on (not translate, just convert).
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Google Docs / Drive: Why are some Greek symbols not properly displayed?

My friend shared with me a Google document. This document includes some Greek symbols like tao, lambda, omega, sigma, etc. But I can't see these symbols! I also tried to search symbols by the menu ...
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How do I write an asterisk at the beginning of a line in wiki syntax without transforming into a list item?

When using wiki syntax, if I put an asterisk (*) at the beginning of a line, it gets transformed into a unordered list. How is it possible to have the asterisk to remain as it is when at the beginning ...
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How do I find on the Internet hits for a word with a dash in the middle? [duplicate]

Background: I tried to find information about the tool python-config, but a Google search brought up mainly hits for python's config module. Digging a bit deeper, the issue is that Google treats the ...
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How do I find a page with two specific links on it?

I used to be able to do this in Google, but with the increasing dumbing down of Google this feature no longer works. e.g. I want science related news so I use Google: +link:www.physorg.com +link:...
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Sending commands over Gmail

Sometimes I send (and receive) long command lines to colleagues over Gmail. When the command spans many lines Gmail adds newline character making me unable to copy the command directly to the terminal....
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If I need to find documentation about a symbol, what's the best way to search the web? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to search the internet for terms with special characters For example, I wanted to know what the % meant in this python expression. It's the modulo operator, but I would ...
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How to search a string which includes “$” in Google [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I search for a keyword with special characters in Google Search? I want to search this string in Google 'IPC$' But Google always removes the $, even if I try to ...
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Does Gmail have a problem sending to emails with dashes in them?

Gmail keeps hanging on me sending an email to kindle-feedback@amazon.com. Does Gmail not like dashes in the "To:" field? EDIT: In this case I finally got it to send when I opened the email to a ...
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How to search the internet for terms with special characters [closed]

As I learnt from this post, Google has no ability to search for special characters. Let's say I want to search for ss!. Are there any other search engines that can achieve this? Please do not propose ...
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How can I search for a keyword with special characters in Google Search?

I want to search for what += means, but Google won't return any documents. Also when I come across some PHP code I don't understand I can't search for the keywords as written. How can I search for ...