There are odd looking characters in the midst of several HTML pages on my website

I've had a contractor put together a number of related webpages, that I am now needing to modify slightly. When trying to make changes, it became apparent that there are a number of characters that are being used in the code instead of the ellipse (...) and apostrophe. (See attached text file)

Since the contractor is in the wind, I need to make these changes myself and to do it quickly, unfortunately (I'm not very knowledgeable in the finer nuances of HTML). I tried using a find/replace process but for reasons I don't understand, when I copied the characters from the HTML document and placed it in the find/replace box in my editor, the characters changed-so I cannot automatically make the corrections.

Is there a way to get around this and quickly make many changes for character irregularities, which I don't understand how they got there in the first place?

thank you very much for your help.

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Brian GeeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You can perform a replace of: ’
With: '

I usually see these kinds instances where special characters are used in an editor... it is possible that original dev used Word to create the code and Word uses special apostrophes rather than straight ones.
Brian GeeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
And while using a single straight quote character (typed from your keyboard into an editor like notepad) should be interpreted fine, the technical code to be used would be &#39; for a single straight quote.
JF0Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Helpful tip: When copying and pasting from Word or sometimes even websites I always paste into a good text editor first which usually converts those ugly characters into normal ones.
pnormsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Just open the file with wordpad (start, run type wordpad)
At the top you should see "replace" paste ’ in "find what" and ' in replace with.
photoman11Author Commented:
Thanks to everybody. Your suggestions were perfect.
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