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does not occur in all incoming emails but makes it difficult to read. Sample follows:

Whew! It’s been 3 hours, you’ve been tinkering in Photoshop all afternoon, but you finally got it:

… The Perfect Mask.

It might be the wings of a soaring eagle, your best friend's wedding veil, or a model’s curly hair — it’s the part of your photo that has real soul in it, the part you desperately want to keep.

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does not occur in all incoming emails but makes it difficult to read. Sample follows:Whew! It’s been 3 hours, you’ve been tinkering in Photoshop all afternoon, but you finally got it:… The Perfect Mask.It might be the wings of a soaring eagle, your best friend's wedding veil, or a model’s curly hair — it’s the part of your photo that has real soul in it, the part you desperately want to keep.

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I have had the same problem with the  character inserted into emails that I have received from some others, and almost always those I have received from myself. I am on WinXP SP3 with whatever are the final updates available there, I am running Tbird 31.1.1 . Mozilla seems to have made changes to how it handles ( or now, mishandles) font displays. I have made no changes to my system's display settings until trying to correct this rather recent problem. Again, I have never seem these odd characters ( and others) until recently, and they come from within my own system.

My Tools>Options>Display>Formatting>Advanced>CharacterEncodings settings were originally: Outgoing Mail: Unicode (UTF-8)Incoming Mail: Western (ISO 8859-1)

Per the suggestion above, changed both to Unicode (UTF-8). That did not solve the problem.

Then I changed so both are Western (ISO 8859-1). That seems to have solved the symptoms.

However, I do not think it has solved the problem. Mozilla has evidently made a change to their systems which affects the display of fonts, even those sent from my system to itself when I have made no changes to my configuration during that time! Pointing to other software vendors' non-standardization is, at best, an incomplete explanation for this issue. This is a recent issue that has cropped up during Mozilla's apparent frantic efforts to get those version numbers to triple digits before 2016 for no clear and valuable reason.

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It is a character encoding issue. Whom ever is sending the mail is using a character set that is not appropriate.

View menu (Alt+V) > character encoding and select UTF-8 or unicode should see the correct display.

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I have had the same problem with the  character inserted into emails that I have received from some others, and almost always those I have received from myself. I am on WinXP SP3 with whatever are the final updates available there, I am running Tbird 31.1.1 . Mozilla seems to have made changes to how it handles ( or now, mishandles) font displays. I have made no changes to my system's display settings until trying to correct this rather recent problem. Again, I have never seem these odd characters ( and others) until recently, and they come from within my own system.

My Tools>Options>Display>Formatting>Advanced>CharacterEncodings settings were originally: Outgoing Mail: Unicode (UTF-8)Incoming Mail: Western (ISO 8859-1)

Per the suggestion above, changed both to Unicode (UTF-8). That did not solve the problem.

Then I changed so both are Western (ISO 8859-1). That seems to have solved the symptoms.

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However, I do not think it has solved the problem. Mozilla has evidently made a change to their systems which affects the display of fonts, even those sent from my system to itself when I have made no changes to my configuration during that time! Pointing to other software vendors' non-standardization is, at best, an incomplete explanation for this issue. This is a recent issue that has cropped up during Mozilla's apparent frantic efforts to get those version numbers to triple digits before 2016 for no clear and valuable reason.

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Why do my emails have strange symbols? ›

Based on my research, the issue about strange characters may be related to your encoding of messages, it's suggested to check your encoding setting and change it to "Unicode(UTF-8)" to test if the issue has any difference(File>Options>Advanced>International options).

Why is â showing up? ›

Getting weird characters like  instead of or ’? Most likely there is a Character set problem. It can occur when a MySQL and PHP are upgraded or when data has been incorrectly stored or the application is sending an incorrect (or missing) character set to the browser.

What does â € œ mean? ›

Save this answer. Show activity on this post. “ is "Mojibake" for “ . You could try to avoid the non-ascii quotes, but that would only delay getting back into trouble.

Why do I see strange characters in outlook? ›

If you see strange characters in a received message, click the Encoding button on the ribbon and select a different one, like Unicode (UTF-8). If this makes the text display properly, you may find it best to leave Use default encoding for all incoming messages not selected.

Why does â appear in my emails? ›

It is a character encoding issue. Whom ever is sending the mail is using a character set that is not appropriate. View menu (Alt+V) > character encoding and select UTF-8 or unicode should see the correct display.

How do you get rid of unusual code appears in email? ›

Chances are, this option was enabled by mistake as it's a setting that is easily activated by a simple key combination on your keyboard. To enable or disable field codes on Word or Outlook, simply press Alt and F9 and the same time and this will toggle the setting.

What does a symbol mean? ›

 is used to indicate the consonant before "a" is palatalized, as in "kâr" (profit). It is also used to indicate /aː/ in words for which the long vowel changes the meaning, as in "adet" (pieces) and "âdet" (tradition) / "hala" (aunt) and "hâlâ" (still).

What is this symbol ˆ? ›

A circumflex (ˆ) is a chevron-shaped diacritic glyph in Latin script. In Greek script, the symbol appears in the shape of a tilde (~). The diacritic also appears in mathematics under the monikers "hat," "house," and "roof."

What is a in text? ›

¿ means you have a character that is converted from another encoding type and is not recognized in the character table of your encoding type. You may handle it if you use another encoding type.

What is the œ symbol called? ›

The OE ligature, Œ, is a vowel that is used in some French words such as cœur and sœur. It is sometimes replaced by the letters o and e, but if you want your written French to be correct it is better to use the œ.

What is the difference between œ and œ? ›

The letters 'OE' are usually combined into a single symbol in French: Œ or œ. When a pair of characters is used in such a way, it is called a digraph. The Œ is pronounced more or less according to the same rules as 'EU'. In general, if it's in an open syllable, it sounds like the 'U' in "full": listen.

What kind of character is â? ›

“” U+00C2 Latin Capital Letter A with Circumflex Unicode Character.

How do I get my Outlook email back to normal view? ›

How Can You Change Your Inbox View in Outlook?
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  2. Next, click the Change View button in the Current View group.
  3. Choose one of the views listed in the menu that will appear to apply them to your inbox.

How do I know if my Outlook attachment has a virus? ›

Still not Sure?
  1. Download the attachment (Do not run it)
  2. Click on "Choose File"
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  4. Click "Scan it!"
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An arrow pointing to the Subject line means that you have forwarded that message.

How do I fix gibberish emails? ›

If you have consistent problems with garbled messages, you might try adjusting the text encoding settings of your browser to see if it makes things any more readable. Most browser programs keep the encoding options under the View menu. (Stand-alone e-mail programs also have text-encoding settings.)

Where does the symbol@ come from? ›

Or the symbol evolved from an abbreviation of “each at”—the “a” being encased by an “e.” The first documented use was in 1536, in a letter by Francesco Lapi, a Florentine merchant, who used @ to denote units of wine called amphorae, which were shipped in large clay jars.

How I know if my email is hacked? ›

How Do I Know if My Email Has Been Hacked? You can't sign into your email account. Hackers will often lock you out of your account as soon as they get access. If your normal email password isn't working, there's a good chance you've been hacked. There are strange messages in your “Sent” folder.

What happens if a hacker knows your email? ›

Your financial information is just a hop, skip, and jump from your email address: If hackers know your email address, they can phish for your password, and with your password, they can target your online bank accounts, especially if you have connected them to the email address that was hacked.

What can a hacker do if they know your email address? ›

With just your email address, scammers can:
  • Target you with sophisticated phishing emails.
  • Find more sensitive information about you — including where you live.
  • Attempt to hack into your other online accounts.
  • Impersonate you and scam your friends and family.
  • Steal your identity and commit financial fraud.
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What is the meaning of a €? ›

In Statistics Explained articles the symbol '€' should be used for euro in the text if it is followed by a number. This applies also to graphs and tables. It should be placed before the figure: €30.

What are the 4 types of symbols? ›

7 TYPES OF SYMBOLS
  • pictogram.
  • ideogram.
  • icon.
  • rebus.
  • phonogram.
  • typogram.
  • logo (trade mark)

What are the three types of symbols? ›

Symbols can carry symbolic value in three primary forms: Ideological, comparative, and isomorphic. Ideological symbols such as religious and state symbols convey complex sets of beliefs and ideas that indicate "the right thing to do".

What does the caret symbol mean? ›

Alternatively known as the circumflex, the caret is the symbol ( ^ ) above the 6 key on a standard United States qwerty keyboard. In mathematics, the caret represents an exponent, such as a square, cube, or another exponential power. For example, 6^3, which may also be represented as 63 or 6 * 6 * 6.

What does the caret symbol tell you? ›

Carets are used in proofreading to signal where additional words or punctuation marks should be added to a line of text.

What is a caret symbol? ›

The symbol ^ has many uses in programming languages, where it is typically called a caret. It can signify exponentiation, the bitwise XOR operator, string concatenation, and control characters in caret notation, among other uses.

What are the 3 types of texts? ›

Different types of writing – text types
  • Factual texts.
  • Persuasive texts.
  • Literary texts.
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What are the 4 text types? ›

Texts can be written according to their structure and style. The main types of text types are narrative, descriptive, directing, and argumentative.

Why do we use * in text? ›

An asterisk is the sign *. It is used especially to indicate that there is further information about something in another part of the text.

How do you type oe? ›

œ: Press Ctrl, Shift, and type "&" key. Release both keys and type "o". You can switch the keyboard settings to reflect the standard French keyboard layout.

How do you type an oe connection? ›

For the “tréma,” push control, shift, and the colon key (hold them all down), let go,and type your letter: ï, ö, Ö, etc. For the “circonflexe,” push control, shift and the number 6 key (hold them all down), let go, and type your letter: î, Î, etc.

What is e with an accent? ›

"È", "è" is a letter. The letter E with a grave accent. In English, the letter è is sometimes used in the past tense or past participle forms of verbs in poetic texts to indicate that the final syllable should be pronounced separately.

What is æ called in French? ›

In the modern French alphabet, æ (called "a e-dans-l'a") is used to spell Latin and Greek borrowings like curriculum vitæ, et cætera, ex æquo, tænia, and the first name Lætitia.

How is the Ü pronounced? ›

The way to pronounce the Ü umlaut is by making the sound “ee” and pursing your lips as if you were whistling, almost completely shut. Your tongue must stay in the same place as when you say the sound “ee” and you should only change the shape of your mouth as if we're saying “oo”.

What is the little hat over a letter? ›

The circumflex (◌̂) is a diacritic in the Latin and Greek scripts that is also used in the written forms of many languages and in various romanization and transcription schemes. It received its English name from Latin: circumflexus "bent around"—a translation of the Greek: περισπωμένη (perispōménē).

What is this symbol a? ›

A with tilde (majuscule: Ã, minuscule: ã) is a letter of the Latin alphabet formed by addition of the tilde diacritic over the letter A. It is used in Portuguese, Guaraní, Kashubian, Taa, Aromanian, and Vietnamese. In the past, it was also used in Greenlandic.

Why are my web pages displaying strange letters? ›

Cause of Strange Letters

A charset is the encoding used to save the letters that appear on a Web page, specified when a developer creates the page. If the charset is not specified -- or if characters are encoded using multiple charsets -- the browser may display strange letters and symbols for certain characters.

How do I change my email back to normal format? ›

To set the message format, go to File > Options > Mail > Compose messages in this format > select format > OK. You have three message formats to choose from in Outlook: Plain text, HTML, and Rich Text Format.

What is the default outlook view? ›

Add and remove columns in Outlook

The default view for the Inbox is Compact, and this view does not display any columns.

How do I fix my outlook email? ›

Choose Account Settings > Account Settings. On the Email tab, choose your account (profile), and then choose Repair.

How do I revert to the old Outlook 2022? ›

Click the Outlook menu. Uncheck the New Outlook option. Click the Revert button. Wait for the application to revert to Outlook Classic view.

How do I clean up Outlook settings? ›

Conversation Clean Up Settings in Outlook
  1. Open Outlook and click File > Options.
  2. Select Mail on the left.
  3. Scroll to the Conversation Clean Up section on the right. ...
  4. To select a folder to send your clean-up items to instead of Deleted Items, click Browse and choose the folder.
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Can Outlook be uninstalled and reinstalled? ›

1) Right-click the Start button, and select Control Panel from the pop-up menu. 2) From Category view, under Programs, select Uninstall a program. 3) Right-click the Microsoft Office and select the Change button. 4) Select Online Repair > Repair to repair Office.

How do you know if what you are downloading is a virus? ›

You can use free software called VirusTotal to check for malware on links – before you even click them- as well as files you have already downloaded.
  1. Go to: www.virustotal.com.
  2. Select whether you want to check a link or file you have downloaded.
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Can a virus be installed by opening an email? ›

Can I get a virus by reading my email messages? Most viruses, Trojan horses, and worms are activated when you open an attachment or click a link contained in an email message. If your email client allows scripting, then it is possible to get a virus by simply opening a message.

Can hackers access email attachments? ›

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) states that most users contract viruses by opening and running unauthorized email attachments. The organization says that hackers can steal your credit card information, change your files, or do even worse things by opening a bad email attachment.

Why are my emails are formatted weird? ›

It usually means because you are trying to open your email with another email client than the web version of Gmail, such as Apple Mail, Outlook or Google Inbox. Or it can also happen because you copied/pasted your email from another tool like Word or Google Docs.

What is a ghost email? ›

What is a Ghost Email? Emails that are deleted from the profile but are actually present in the email server are Ghost Emails. Such mails appear due to a sudden power failure or malware issue.

How do I get rid of email sensitivity labels? ›

To remove a sensitivity label that has already been applied to an email, select Edit Sensitivity and then select Remove. Naturally if your organization requires labels on all files you won't be able to remove it.

What do the symbols next to emails in Outlook mean? ›

An arrow pointing left means the message has been read and replied to. An arrow pointing right means the message has been read and forwarded. A paperclip means the message has an attachment. A flag indicates you have flagged the message for follow up.

Why does my email look like code? ›

1) Some email programs will display multi-part messages as garbled code or an attachment if an email message doesn't contain both HTML and plain text content. To avoid this add either plain text or HTML content to your campaign if one or the other is missing.

What does a properly formatted email look like? ›

Your email message should be formatted like a typical business letter, with spaces between paragraphs and no typos or grammatical errors. Don't mistake length for quality—keep your email brief and to the point. Avoid overly complicated or long sentences.

What does a properly formatted email address look like? ›

A valid email address consists of an email prefix and an email domain, both in acceptable formats. The prefix appears to the left of the @ symbol. The domain appears to the right of the @ symbol. For example, in the address example@mail.com, "example" is the email prefix, and "mail.com" is the email domain.

Can someone access your email without you knowing? ›

Scammers can use phishing emails to access your email account too. “When a hacker knows your email address, they have half of your confidential information. All they need now is the password,” warns Greg Kelley of digital forensics company Vestige Digital Investigations.

Can someone use my email without me knowing? ›

If a hacker knows your email address, they can use a variety of email hacking techniques to crack it. They can send you phishing emails or try to crack your password. People with physical access to your device can install a keylogger or use parental control software to monitor your emails.

Can a hacker steal your email? ›

Hackers know the value of your email account. Once they're in, they can use it to gain access to your bank account, social media profiles, and other sensitive online accounts. Don't ignore the signs of a hacked inbox. If anything looks suspicious or you suddenly can't log in, act fast!

How do I change email sensitivity? ›

Set the sensitivity level of a message
  1. From your draft email message, click File > Properties.
  2. Under Settings, in the Sensitivity list, select Normal, Personal, Private, or Confidential. The default value is Normal.
  3. Select Close. When you're done composing your message, select Send.

How do I protect my email with sensitive information? ›

Send messages & attachments confidentially
  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Click Compose.
  3. In the bottom right of the window, click Turn on confidential mode . Tip: If you've already turned on confidential mode for an email, go to the bottom of the email, then click Edit.
  4. Set an expiration date and passcode. ...
  5. Click Save.

What does a sensitivity label do? ›

With sensitivity labels, you can identify the sensitivity of data across your organization, and the label can enforce protection settings that are appropriate for the sensitivity of that data. That protection then stays with the content.

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