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How to highlight unicode characters in Notepad++

posted Jul 3, 2018, 8:53 PM by Jake Vosloo   [ updated Jul 5, 2018, 6:34 PM ]
I have text with unicode characters and I want to highlight those characters in Notepad++
  1. Open notepad++ with a blank document.
  2. Encoding>Encode in ASCII
  3. Paste your text
  4. Encoding>Encode in UTF8
This will cause the special characters to be highlighted as symbol codes with their ANSI number. 
Use the ANSI lookup table to see their related Unicode number.

Example text:
A m-dash – 
“smart” quotes