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Advanced Tip: Manually set a file encoding

Posted by Edouard on August 3, 2011

Web Translate It automatically detects your file’s character encoding. I already wrote a blog post on how it works under the hood.

If the encoding of one of your file is wrongly detected or if you would like to change your encoding, there is an advanced —and somewhat hidden— option to set a specific encoding directly from the file manager.

Here’s how to do it. In the File Manager, hover the file you want to change, and click “rename”.

A modal window appears. Click on “Toggle advanced options”.

There you can type a specific character encoding, for instance ISO 8859-1, UTF-8 or UTF-16.

Web Translate It generally does a great job detecting your file encoding, so this option shouldn’t be useful for most users. But if you need it, this gives you even more control on how your files are imported and created.