In order to work with files faster, I need to open some of them in a specific encoding depending on the file type. The only solution I found was this, but the topic starter needed something different than I am and his solution won't wok for me.

  1. create a copy of Text.sublime-package from Package folder that is in Program Files (of course, if you use Windows);
  2. unzip Text.sublime-package;
  3. rename Plain text.tmLanguage to EXT.tmLanguage;
  4. edit EXT.tmLanguage by modifying "content" of two keys: fileTypes and name. E.g., in my case edited XML looked like this:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
    <plist version="1.0">
        <string>ASCII art</string>
  5. zip EXT.tmLanguage (it seems that you may use compression);
  6. rename archive into EXT.sublime-package.

After that do as Mrsonord have described:

  1. go to Preferences > Settings – More > Syntax Specific – User;
  2. in newly opened file paste the string below (in my case SublimeEncodingName was DOS (CP 437)):

        "default_encoding": "%SublimeEncodingName%",
        "fallback_encoding": "%SublimeEncodingName%",
  3. save the file.
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  1. Either:
    • Browse packages and create a file EXT.sublime-settings(Note the caps on filetype ext).
    • While editing the filetype you wish to modify settings for: Preferences->Settings - More->Syntax Specific - User
  2. Enter your desired encoding options as the example below.

{ "default_encoding": "UTF-8", "fallback_encoding": "utf-8" }

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  • It doesn't work. When I'm opening my file, which by default is Plain text, and run command Syntax Specific - User file EXT.sublime-settings is created automatically, but it is of the type Plain text. When I manually create EXT.sublime-settings nothing happens as well. The only possible solution I've found (haven't tested) is to create new syntax file in Program Files under Packages, like Markdown.sublime-package (zipped file with XML describing settings for the file type). – Pugsley Apr 30 '14 at 16:04

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