Quote/apostrophe macros insert garbage text

  • Hello all,

    I wanted a quick way to type curly quotation marks and apostrophes in Notepad++, so I created macros with Alt and Ctrl keyboard shortcuts that inserted these characters. To create the macros, I used Windows Alt+number pad shortcuts:

    ‘ Alt+0145 Ctrl+'
    ’ Alt+0146 Alt+'
    “ Alt+0147 Ctrl+Shift+'
    ” Alt+0148 Alt+Shift+'

    Sometimes, in conditions I still haven’t figured out how to reproduce, the macro inserts a string of characters after the desired character: [U+001]mVYȸ_[U+009][U+001]@HD[U+001]$N. U+001 is “Start of Heading” and U+009 is Tab. Only the second-to-last character in the string varies: it comes out as ", !, #, or $ depending on the character I tried to enter. When I enter the characters directly with Alt+numpad instead of using my Notepad++ shortcuts, the problem never occurs.

    All files involved were encoded in UTF-8 without BOM, which is also my default Notepad++ encoding.

    I also looked up the macro definition in my shortcuts.xml file, and didn’t find a clue there:

    <Macro name="Insert apostrophe" Ctrl="no" Alt="yes" Shift="no" Key="222">
            <Action type="1" message="2170" wParam="0" lParam="0" sParam="&#x2019;" />

    Clearly I’m doing something wrong, but what?

  • Hi @FriendOfFred, and All,

    I, personally, add your macro, which works correctly, on my configuration ! But I admit that I didn’t do intensive tests to determine when something is going wrong !

    I’ve replied to a similar question, in the post, below :


    So, here is a regex S/R, which will normalize the normal quotes to their enhanced version !

    SEARCH (?-s)["“](.+?)["”]|['‘](.+?)['’]

    REPLACE (?1“\1”:‘\2’)

    • Select the Regular expression search mode

    • Tick the Wrap around option

    • Click on the Replace All button

    Et voilà !

    So, given this initial text, below :

    "Test"    "Test”    “Test"    “Test”
    'Test'    'Test’    ‘Test'    ‘Test’

    You should get the following text :

    “Test”    “Test”    “Test”    “Test”
    ‘Test’    ‘Test’    ‘Test’    ‘Test’

    So, at any time, when you perform this S/R, you’re sure that, after replacement, you get the two syntaxes “Test” and ‘Test’, only !

    You could, even, record this S/R as a macro, if you prefer to !



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