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FilledSmallSquare ShowSpecialCharacters is an option for cells that determines if \[Name], \:nnnn, and so on should be replaced with explicit special characters.

FilledSmallSquare With the default setting ShowSpecialCharacters RuleTrue, special characters specified by their alias or Unicode number are replaced by the corresponding font symbol. For example, if you type \[Alpha], it is automatically converted to Alpha.

FilledSmallSquare With ShowSpecialCharacters RuleFalse, special characters are always displayed by name when possible. For example, if you type \[Alpha], it is displayed as entered.

FilledSmallSquare ShowSpecialCharacters is mainly used for documentation and testing purposes. It is also useful for coding, where close control over characters is required.

FilledSmallSquare See also: ShowStringCharacters, CharacterEncoding.