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I got an e-book reader a few months ago, and I finally figured out why it doesn't display .txt files correctly. It doesn't like ANSI. It has no problem with the other 3 types of coding notepad provides.

For a reason I chose UTF-8 and decoded all the .txt files I have on it (we are talking thousands of small but important documents). They work correctly and now I pay attention to save in UTF-8, but I know myself, I know that at some point I will forget it, and save in the default ANSI.

So the question after the small novel: Is there any way to change the default coding when saving a newly opened notepad? (Win 7)

I know about the way to change the default when opening a previously created .txt file but it's a pain to always create the new document first.

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possible duplicate of Is it possible to change the default encoding in notepad? –  Kevin Panko Aug 5 at 17:38

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This here is a pretty good explanation for how to change your default encoding to UTF-8. You will need to touch the registry files though.

Personally I wouldn't bother with it. Just download Notepad++. It's free, awesome and defaults to UTF-8.

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Notepad2 or Notepad2-mod are more lightweight. They all support set default character set encoding, and even support open 7-bit ASCII file in UTF-8 mode. –  LiuYan 刘研 Feb 25 '13 at 10:18
    
Yes this is the one that only works if I previously create the .txt file. I know Notepad++ but I like the basic notepad's minimalistness, it doesn't use a lit of memory, and for what I need it works fine. Except for this thing... –  Emma Feb 25 '13 at 10:25
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In this case just follow the guide and you are good to go. Notepad++ is not at all resource heavy. It's actually the opposite. –  Magnum Feb 25 '13 at 10:39

Here simplest fix -

Just execute once, and it will set regedit parameters to UTF8 Default for Notepad :

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Notepad-Default-UTF-8-Unicode-Creator.shtml

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