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Windows 7: Strange icon in Notepad when pressing ctrl + delete

19 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Strange icon in Notepad when pressing ctrl + delete

When using Notepad (Version 6.1.7600.16385) (or just any Version for that matter) and trying to delete a whole word using the very handy ctrl + delete shortcut key, the Notepad application types this very strange symbol instead.

Right here -> 

Actually... I couldn't paste it for some reason. But it looks like a little box thing. Just try it in notepad and you will see it appear.

First of all I find this annoying, so I was wondering what can I do to make it so ctrl + del works in Notepad for deleting whole words (because I love notepad).

And second, why does it do this? Notepad isn't the only text box in Windows 7 that does this, I've found it on a couple of other text input elements as well. And what does this symbol even mean? I'm very curious.

Thanks for all the knowledgeable replies.

UPDATE: Added screenshot of symbol. *******/JfP4Yp

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19 Apr 2012   #2
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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

ctrl + del deletes the whole word for me. Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Version 6.1 (Build 7601: Service Pack 1)
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19 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Same here. I't would be a help to see the icon though. Where does this appear ?
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19 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Ok I've updated my post to include a screenshot of my Notepad window with the symbol in it.
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19 Apr 2012   #5

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it looks like it has inserted an an displayable character. it doesn't do that for me either. Do you have anything doing any keyboard mapping?
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19 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
it looks like it has inserted an an displayable character. it doesn't do that for me either. Do you have anything doing any keyboard mapping?
Hmm.. I don't think so. I have a Razer Lycosa keyboard and it has a configuration program where you can map some hot-keys I believe, but I haven't ever done any messing around with that really.

That's strange that it's not doing it for anybody else, I could've sworn I tried it on another computer and it did the same thing.
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19 Apr 2012   #7

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Does it do it in any other text based program?
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19 Apr 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Not most other ones, no. It doesn't in my browsers' address bar, or other word-based office applications, like OpenOffice Writer or WordPad. Not even in the run command window (Winkey + R), which is good because I would be mad if it did since I use that all the time.

But it does do it when renaming files in Windows Explorer and pressing ctrl + delete. It makes the same character too, strange.
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19 Apr 2012   #9

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This is a long shot. Getting desperate here. Try running sfc /scannow in an elevated command prompt.
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19 Apr 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
This is a long shot. Getting desperate here. Try running sfc /scannow in an elevated command prompt.
I've tried that a million times and it never seems to really do anything. And there's no need to start getting desperate haha, it's not like a need this to go away I was mostly just curious as to why it happens
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