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    Change "windows default" Text Encoding

    I guess this is more a Windows than Word question.

    When I save a file as Plain Text in Word, I get the File Conversion dialog box to make the text encoding choice. It's set to "windows default" which is "western european (windows)" in my setup. I have to go thru the selection of my preferred UTF-8 each time.

    Is there a way I can make UTF-8 the windows default?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lugh View Post
    Is there a way I can make UTF-8 the windows default?
    I hope one bump is ok. This continues to be a regular minor annoyance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lugh
    Is there a way I can make UTF-8 the windows default?
    Doesn't look like it, from my experiments with a new Windows 7 x64 VM.

    UTF-8 equates to codepage 65001 but this codepage apparently isn't implemented natively. By that I mean that if you change the value of the ACP key (HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Nls\CodePag e\ACP) - i.e. the 'Windows Default' from its default value (mine shows 1252) to 65001 and reboot, Windows won't start properly. Instead it will carry out an automatic Startup Repair and revert the value to 1252.

    Have a look at Setting UTF8 as default Character Encoding in Windows 7 and UTF-8 Everywhere for more info.

    Hope this helps...

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    5 Star Lounger Lugh's Avatar
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    Thanks Rick, I appreciate the summary and links. My brain protests whenever I start reading about Geronimo and Pocahontas [big endian and little endian] and similar at the second link

    I will settle for being minorly annoyed then, until I get around to making a mouse macro for the task.
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