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How to fix: Can’t see Unicode (UTF8) in Notepad++ on Windows XP

This is a little late to help most people because they have moved on from Windows XP to newer flavors, however there are still some die-hards going to 2019 with the simple PosReady registry tweak.

If you have a full unicode font installed like Symbola on Windows XP, you may still not see proper characters in applications like Notepad++ and instead get double empty boxes in their place.

The reason for this is despite any character/language enabling from the control panel, there is still a critical registry setting missing.

Found the answer here:

Enable support for Unicode supplementary characters (surrogate code points)

  [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\LanguagePack]

Add that via regedit, be sure to reboot, and it will magically start to work in Notepad++

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