Select the  and  -> Characters command in the Convert menu to replace all decimal and hexadecimal character references in the form of  and  into their actual characters. If you select some text before using this command, only numeric character references in the selection are replaced. Otherwise, all numeric character references in the file are replaced.
This command does not convert numeric character references that represent the characters <, >, ', ", and & that have special meanings in XML. To convert these, use Convert|XML Entities -> Reserved Characters.
The conversion will only be successful if the all the characters can be represented in the encoding used by the file. If not, use Convert|Text Encoding to change the encoding before converting the numeric character references. numeric character references that represent characters that are not supported by the file's encoding will not be converted. EditPad will pop up a message to alert you when this happens.
Use the  and  -> Characters command when you actually want to remove the numeric character references from your file. Do not use this command if you have a file that is pure ASCII with numeric character references and you want to be able to see the actual characters while keeping numeric character references in the file. To do that, use Convert|Text Encoding and select the "ASCII + NCR" encoding. This encoding makes EditPad Pro display the actual characters, but keeps the numeric character references in the file. If you type or paste non-ASCII characters while using the "ASCII + NCR" encoding, they will be automatically stored as numeric character references in the file.
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Convert|Reserved Characters -> XML Entities
Convert|XML Entities -> Reserved Characters