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Solved: How do I fix the Error stray \240 error in DevC++ programming?

Problem: Can’t compile the code after clicking on Compile and Execute button, the output in DevC++ compiler panel show error [Error] stray \240 in the program.

Solved: How do I fix the Error stray \240 error in DevC++ programming?

Solved: How do I fix the Error stray \240 error in DevC++ programming?

The detailed error message as below:

[Error] stray '\240' in program

Follow the below solution steps to resolve stray \240 in program error.

Error: stray '\240' in program is a character encoding error message. \240 is a non-breaking space in iso8859-1 encoding used on web pages, especially when the code shouldn’t get line-wrapped by the browser. The compiler doesn’t understand non-breaking space and reports about a straying special character error.


Do printf("Anything");

instead of  printf("Anything");

Content Summary

Potential Causes

Potential Causes

  • It appears you have illegal/invalid/invisible characters in your source, probably Unicode NO-BREAK SPACE characters, encoded as “\302\240” (octal), this generally comes when you copy and paste the code in an IDE from another website or document and there are some non-ASCII character encoding.
  • Unacceptable words to the language got copied giving rise to this error.
  • Copy and paste from Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader causes that error.
  • If you had opened or edited your source code with an editor that enters non-breaking spaces instead of the common whitespace. That might happen if you push shift-space instead of only space, depending on the editor you use. In a trivial editor, you only see nothing as expected like when you push the space key.


Solution 1

Selecting one of these spaces and use Find and Replace to replace all matches with regular spaces.

Solution 2

Start with a blank file, and rewrite the code by hand instead of copy and paste.

Solution 3

Write a simple program that reads the file, and replaces the \24′ characters with spaces.

Solution 4

Paste the code in Microsoft Word using the Keep text Only paste option, all the ASCII characters causing errors will be removed.

Solution 5

Copy the code to Wordpad then cut a single space from anywhere in that word file and use replace all to replace that space (which is cut) with another space key you entered.

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