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Questions tagged [special-characters]

If a character has a meaning beyond its literal meaning, a meta-meaning, then we refer to it as a special character.

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Changing alt gr key to different key to type special caracters

I need to type Latvian and therefore need to use special characters as ļ, ņ, š and so on. Pressing and holding alt gr while typing is real problematic. Is there a way to assign different key and set ...
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Quick insertion of down quotation marks

Is there an easy way to input these quotation marks on Linux: „“ ? On a Mac, there's a relatively easy compose shortcut, but I couldn't find a shortcut for Linux. There doesn't even seem to be a ...
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Keyboard shortcuts (including the control key) returns caret (^) plus the capitalized input character

I'm sshing from my Mac to an Ubuntu machine, but for some reason the key bindings do not work properly. For example when I try to run the tmux shortcut CTRL+b it returns ^B. The closest questions I ...
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Gnome-terminal and Xfce4-terminal with ISO-encoding needs special-character keys to be pressed twice

In a gnome-terminal as well as in a xfce4-terminal, when I change its character-encoding from standard UTF-8 (with 2 bytes for special-characters) to ISO-Latin 8859-15 (always 1 byte), the following ...
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reading a special value of a variable

I want my script read a special value of a variable in a text file. could you please tell me which number should I put instead of "?". In below example, my favourite value to read is -0.109063: My ...
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Custom Keyboard Variant (for Transliteration of Arabic) not working

I tried setting up a custom keyboard layout in Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS for being able to write Arabic transliteration for scientific purposes (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanization_of_Arabic ; ...
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Special characters do not work after changing the keyboard layout 18.04

I change the keyboard layout with ALT + SHIFT. If I release ALT after the language change, but do not release the SHIFT, then special characters do not work. Need to release and press the SHIFT again. ...
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Can I display graphic characters in a terminal? [duplicate]

I saw a couple screenshots showing some characters displayed as graphics, like this: While in my terminal I get this: How can I configure my terminal to display those images???
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How to make the ^ button stop raising things

I don't know if this is an Ubuntu problem but it doesn't do this when I boot into windows with the same computer. What happens is that when I press the ^ key, the next character is raised half way ...
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How to reset the admin password on Ubuntu 12.04 if the username has a space [duplicate]

I'm having difficulties resetting admin password on my Ubuntu 12.04 if the username has a space eg. Buggs Bunny? At the prompt it will only display Buggs and wont allow the password command to work
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use “tee” command to append asterisk debug information to file

When I run: $ asterisk -rvvv | tee temp-log-asterisk.txt $ ubuntu*CLI> dialplan reload $ exit this is the real output of asterisk: Now when I look into the content of temp-log-asterisk.txt I ...
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LibreOffice menu bar problem

Any idea of why does this happen? I don't know why this happened, suddenly it displayed that way. Please see the screenshot below I would appreciate any help concerning this issue. Thanks!
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Writing without polish characters on some webpages

How can I fix it? When I type altgr+s it selects all text instead types ś. It is here http://lubimyczytac.pl/ on search field. It's annoying.
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Caron key on Ubuntu 16.04 prints subscript 5 after small delay

Freshly installed system. On key with characters +ˇ=´ I am able to use caron with Shift key (it's ˇ, e.g. with Slovak layout), but if second key is pressed too late, it just writes ₅ before it. Same ...
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How to turn on the typographic layout in Xubuntu 16.04

I tried many things but to no avail (I added 'lv3:ralt_switch', 'misc:typo' to ’input-sources’ using dconf-editor). So how do I set up the 3rg and 4th level of the keyboard? I use En, Ru and Uk ...
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Why do special characters change the width of trailing/leading space character in Gedit or medit?

When I paste a special character, from the Character Map, into Gedit or medit in Ubuntu 16.04, then the space characters directly after the special character display with a "compressed" character ...
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BabelMap-like charmap program for Linux?

I've been using Gucharmap and also KDE's equivalent (I'm using Kubuntu 16.04) before, but found that none of them reach the level of sophistication Andrew West's BabelMap program offers, especially in ...
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Shift + 3 gives pound instead of hash after Update

I updated Ubuntu 17.04 to 17.10. After update, my keyboard layout changed automatically. Now instead of getting hash on pressing Shift+3, I am getting the £ symbol. I cannot even find keyboard layout ...
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Effect of quotes when setting PS1

I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. I have a question for setting PS1 and using single quotation marks. I have been practicing to change a prompt. So, I have followed an example in the book, then I'm faced a ...
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What's a good program to generate new character symbols?

I want to create a new character symbol. I don't want to create an entire font, or change any keyboard settings. I just wanna draw a single character that I can then copy, and paste it in a text. I'm ...
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How to get special characters on keyboard input?

I am taking a latin class, and I need to be able to type latin on my keyboard. Due to the fact that latin uses all the characters in english, it's been fine so far, but now I've run into a problem. I ...
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No filename globbing in FTP whith special characters

I want to upload a bunch of files from my box to my FTP server. There is no problem if I send the by complete filename, but it seems that ftp command can not send files with filename globbing. Here is ...
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Restoring Unicode Character Map facility on Ubuntu Gnome

On Unity-based Ubuntu, I could bring up the Character Map quickly from the Text Entry menu: How might I restore similar functionality under Ubuntu Gnome? I use a lot of Unicode characters, and it ...
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How to successfuly map non printable Zero Width Non Joiner on keyboard in Ubuntu?

I am trying to type Urdu and for correct typography I need to type Zero Width Non Joiner from the keyboard. I have already located it in the character map, copied it, and using the Custom Shortcuts (...
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How do I remove all single quotes in all files recursively using `rename`?

The title says it all and yes I know there are many questions similar, but the closest I could find was removing " and not '. What I've tried so far is: find -name "*'*" -type f | rename 's/\'//g' ...
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Suddenly can't type non english characters any more

Suddenly my Kubuntu 16.04 refuses to write some characters. Usually I was able to press ´+a = á but now I just get ´a on some applications like Firefox on some other applications like Konsole or ...
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Ubuntu can't display special non-English characters [closed]

Chrome on Ubuntu doesn't display special characters in words like Bo͞oyä when displaying. It works in Windows and Android. Also when typing the characters they look good, but not when displaying. ...
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Libre Office Math - Characters not showing up

I opened Libre Office Math and noticed that all of the mathematical characters are broken and look like squares. What should I do so that these characters appear normally? If anyone's wondering, this ...
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Libre Office calculator characters

I'm translating a user manual(this) of Digital Scales. I need to write certain words as they appear on the digital screen of the scale. In the official pdf they have managed somehow (check characters ...
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No “><|” key on keyboard - remap other key?

I've got an older Thinkpad but it has no <>| key (which is supposed to be to the right of the left Shift key). This makes terminal work really hard. Is there any way to map for example my Z key ...
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How to type ª in Ubuntu 16.04?

In Brazil, we use ª for feminine ordinal numbers, just like 1st, 2nd, 3rd... in English. So it's a very common need. I just set up the Compose Key, so I can do "Compose Key, o, o" to get the masculine ...
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Some chars can't be printed in standard output [duplicate]

I am using a server (by ssh) and as I am French I would like to be able to use characters such as "à", "ç" and "é". However they simply can't be printed in the standard output, whether when I press ...
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Accents in TeamViewer 11 on Ubuntu 16.04

I'm having troubles using accents in TeamViewer 11 on Ubuntu 16.04. I'm using a spanish keyboard and my TeamViewer connection is to a Windows 10 Host. I can't write charactes like: á, é, í, ó, ú I've ...
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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 ...
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Auto-escape special characters (e.g. ` ~ etc.)

I've two computers, one (computer A) running 14.04, and another one running 16.04 (computer B). Computer A is in french, computer B in english, both with french keyboard layout. On computer A, when I ...
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How to write devanagari letter 'dnya'?

I am trying to write Devanagari letter dnya which is in word "dnyan"(ज्ञान) means knowledge. Ex. संत ज्ञानेश्वर (Saint Dnyaneshwar) I have installed both inscript and KaGaPa Phonetic(Devanagari) ...
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Right alt works as some kind of shortcut

I don't even know how to properly name this problem. So I use Polish keyboard layout meaning I use ALT GR fairly often to get special characters. It works normally but when I want to, say, search for ...
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Unicode character Rocket not shown in Lubuntu

On my Lubuntu 16.04 installation, I cannot see some Unicode characters, for example the Rocket character U+1F680 in Firefox. Are there any extra packages, I have to install to be able to see those ...
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How do I enter the Euro symbol in vim?

I am running vim 7.4: andrew@athens:~$ vim --version | head -n 2 VIM - Vi IMproved 7.4 (2013 Aug 10, compiled Jun 16 2016 10:50:38) Included patches: 1-1689 And I need to routinely type in the Euro ...
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Save and use a custom character set

I use Character Map (charmap) but I find it annoying to search through all the characters for the ones I want, because I only use about 30 of them regularly. What I want to do is add characters that ...
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How to print special character? [duplicate]

For example I want to print long dash I read that it's possible to do with numpad and code of Unicode of character, so I tried doing Alt+Shift+u + code, but without success.
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Ubuntu does not correctly display non-ASCII characters in Windows folder names

If I save folders in windows with special characters like ä/ö/ü or chinese characters, they will be displayed with question marks in Ubuntu. But if I write it directly in Ubuntu, it will be displayed ...
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Accented characters in Writer

I write in English and French. With word I can use ctrl/modifier + character to get an accented char. eg ctrl/, +c give c with a cedilla. Is there an equivalent shortcut in Writer as inserting ...
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Odd Symbol showing up in file names Xubuntu 16.04

I installed 16.04 and was setting it up and moving some files from an external drive (Fat32 and made in OSX). Some of the files display this very odd character on Xubuntu 14.04 I think these ...
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Streamline use of IPA notation in Libreoffice

I use Character Map regularly alongside LibreOffice writer to write IPA (international phonetic alphabet) notation. All the (30ish) characters I need are in the 'Latin' script list, but there are many ...
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Printing out document does not print 'åäö'. How do I fix it?

Im trying to print out a scientific paper I have been working on, but for some reason it does not include the letters 'åäö' (Im from Sweden). The operating system is completely on English (I like it ...
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Some of the characters/ fonts are tofu

Some of them can not be displayed correctly.
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Ubuntu terminal cant type special characters like backslash (\), slash(/), semicolon (:), etc properly

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 without GUI and i'm having problems entering characters like backslash, slash, semicolon and so forth. The keys which would normally enter these characters print out all kinds ...
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How to change the file naming scheme for screen shot [duplicate]

I use Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and when I take the screen shot, the default file name is given like Screenshot from 2016-02-29 11:08:10.png. I do not want the file name to have a space () and a colon (:). ...
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Cannot copy files in Ubuntu to external drive: names with special characters

I cannot copy a lot of files to my external drive because when I try to do it I get the error "wrong file name". I have seen that these files have special characters and I would like to know how to ...