How to know file encoding in Microsoft Windows Notepad?


If you want to know the file encoding (UTF-8, ANSI e.t.c) using Microsoft Window's Notepad Application you can do it by following below simple steps,

  1. Open your file in Notepad Application.
  2. Go to View and click on Status Bar if that's not selected.
  3. Now at the bottom right you should see the encoding of the file.

Let's see an demonstration, as you can see the file that I opened uses ANSI encoding and follows Windows CRLF,

Know File Encoding Using Windows Notepad Application
Know File Encoding Using Windows Notepad Application

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