Solved Odd filename characters I dont see on my keybaord?

August 23, 2014 at 11:31:39
Specs: Windows 7
When I save a favorites link in the favorites folder, some have odd characters in the filename that prevent them from getting copied using batch and I dont see these characters on my keyboard.

For example there is a favorites link with a file name called " TM.lnk" where the TM after the ca is very tiny like an exponent placed next to the ca on the right side up . Similarly there is favorites link with something that looks like a - in the filename but this dash is twice as long and I dont see any keys on my keyboard that look like it.

Question 1: How can I put these special characters in a filename using my keyboard or is this some feature available on just some keyboards?

Question 2:
if I set these filenames as a variable from a text file and try to copy them using commands like:

copy c:\users\username\favorites\%var1% e:\

It doesnt work because the batch doesnt recognize these odd character. Is there anyway to fix this?

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August 23, 2014 at 12:18:25
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Character Map is a program hidden away deep in the Start Menu
under All Programs > Accessories > System Tools. It might not work
at the Command Prompt, but it should work in all Windows programs
and most modern programs made for use in Windows. (It works only
partially in my text editing program which is really old.)

You can browse through the table until you spot the one you want, or
you can click the "Advanced view" box and use the search feature.

You can select one or more characters, then copy them and paste
them in -- as I say -- most programs made for Windows.

ĤƐƦë ɪş å šάʍƿʆɇ.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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August 23, 2014 at 12:20:35
There are only two way I know to get special characters:

Character Map - shortcut:


Alt+numbers from numeric pad:

This command:
copy c:\users\username\favorites\%var1% e:\
In any event it won't work because the word "favorites" is longer than 8 characters. The full path has to be put within quotes to invoke long file names.

I overlapped with Jeff above - was obviously typing too slowly.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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August 23, 2014 at 15:02:43
The TM probably stands for Trade Mark. I believe the ca is a canadian site. If you copy the address to your word processing program and then click on it, does the link work?

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August 23, 2014 at 15:23:52
Yes, I also think TM is trademark.

I'm not sure why you feel the need for these characters but if you right click the Favorite and go to Properties it should be possible to copy/paste them from the name showing in the top of the box. Personally I would avoid them in file names generally as they are unorthodox and might cause some unforeseen difficulty.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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