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Not sure if the utf-8 characters will go thru with this, but hopefully it does get 
thru in some fashion.

On 15 Aug 2022 at 16:04, Thomas Blasejewicz wrote:

Date sent:              Mon, 15 Aug 2022 16:04:44 +0900
From:                   Thomas Blasejewicz <>
Subject:                [libreoffice-users] "reverse solidus" not working in the find 
dialog box

Good afternoon from Japan
Actually, I have asked about this in 2018 and a number of things were 
Unfortunately none did solve the problem.
I have a long file with about 3,500 lines (each line = item) looking like:
HKES     [] /(n) xxxxxx/

where I would like to replace the "space[" and "]space" with tabs
so that I can import the file into Calc.

However, working with Japanese Windows 10, Japanese keyboard etc. 
NOTHING I tried so far
allowed me to enter a \t (=> THIS is supposed to be a backslash) as a 
regular expression, telling
the computer to replace the space[ with a tab.

Is there a trick telling the computer to replace any key sequence with a 

Thank you.

In looking at one line you gave. Have a program findnoascii to find utf-8 code and 
this is what I get.
line as I pulled from email (seems utf-8 character don't show with standard font).
HKES     [] /(n) xxxxxx/   

Results from my nofindascii 
     1      4 c2a0       [ ]
     1      6 c2a0       [ ]
     1      8 c2a0       [ ]
     1     11 e889af     []
     1     14 e79fa5     []
     1     17 e889af     []
     1     20 e883bd     []
     1     25 e3828a     []
     1     28 e38287     []
     1     31 e38186     []
     1     34 e381a1     []
     1     37 e3828a     []
     1     40 e38287     []
     1     43 e38186     []
     1     46 e381ae     []
     1     49 e38186     []

      3 c2a0       [ ]  NO-BREAK SPACE (U+00A0) 
      3 e38186     []   HIRAGANA LETTER U (U+3046) 
      1 e381a1     []   HIRAGANA LETTER TI (U+3061) 
      1 e381ae     []   HIRAGANA LETTER NO (U+306E) 
      2 e38287     []   HIRAGANA LETTER SMALL YO (U+3087) 
      2 e3828a     []   HIRAGANA LETTER RI (U+308A) 
      1 e79fa5     []   know, perceive, comprehend (U+77E5) 
      1 e883bd     []   "to be able; can, permitted to; ability (U+80FD) "
      2 e889af     []   good, virtuous, respectable (U+826F) 

using tr '[' '\t' <weirdmsg | tr ']' '\t' >weirdmsg.csv
get file that can be loaded in libreoffice weirdmsg.csv
Might want to change no-break spaces to a tab as well?

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