Special Character Display Issue (Bullets)

  • Hello, when I type the special “bullet” character • (typed with Alt+0149) it gets replaced by  (looks like “SO” on a black background). I can copy and paste the special character properly. Font is stilll defaulted to “Courier New”. It seems like all other special characters display properly when typed with the Alt+#### method, so I think the issue is related to this 1 character. How can I fix this?

  • If your finger slips off the ALT key too early, Alt+0149 might be interpreted as Alt+014, which is the ASCII#14 (the SO control character). I can successfully type either Alt+014 or Alt+0149 and get either the SO character or the bullet, as I intend.

    For entering characters from the “extended ASCII”, if you are having troubles with the ALT-combos, you might try Edit > Character Panel and double-clicking the row you want from the popup/frame that appears as a result.

    I also recommend easy acccess to the windows charmap.exe. (The charmap tool makes it easy to insert special characters, even when you don’t remember their Alt-sequence.) I accomplish easy access to charmap by adding the following line to the “UserDefinedCommands” section of %AppData%\Notepad++\shortcuts.xml:

        <Command name="CharMap" Ctrl="yes" Alt="yes" Shift="yes" Key="67">charmap</Command>

    To add that line from within notepad++: 1) Close all open Notepad++ windows. 2) Open a single Notepad++ window. 3) File > Open %AppData%\Notepad++\shortcuts.xml. 4) Edit the file. 5) Save and close the file. 6) Close Notepad++. 7) Start brand new instance of Notepad++. (RESULTS): Your Run menu should now have a CharMap entry with the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+Shift+C. If you don’t like that shortcut, or have a shortcut conflict, go to Run > Modify/Delete Shorcut, which will open the Shortcut Mapper dialog on the Run Commands tab; you can use that interface to Modify or Clear the CharMap shortcut.

  • @PeterJones

    I would recommend using the Run… menu facilities to create a charmap entry (safer, less error-prone for the noob):

    • Invoke the Run top-level menu
    • Choose Run… and a window with the title Run… will appear
    • In The Program to Run type charmap
    • Press the Save… button and the Shortcut window will appear
    • In the Name box type Charmap
    • Click OK (still in the Shortcut window)
    • Click Cancel (this is in the Run… window)

    After this one-time sequence, Charmap will appear as a choice when you click the top-level Run menu.

  • Yes, Scott’s way is easier. (That’s probably how I originally created the charmap entry, and had just forgotten.)

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