How to change the encoding of many text files at the same time


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Often, the encoding of text files must be changed. For example, your homepage requires the format UTF-8 and up to now, your files have the ANSI format or you have to remove the Byte Order Mark from files. We show you, how you can change the coding of multiple files easily and quickly.

Required Software

For this tipp you need the software Text Converter in the version Text Converter Pro.

Convert files

Simply drag the files into the program, so that they appear in the file list on the top left. After that go the menu "File > Only change File Encoding". A window appears, in which you can select your desired encoding and if a Byte Order Mark (BOM) should be used in the files or not. If you now click on "Change Encoding", the encoding of all files in your file list will be changed.

The following codings can be selected:

  • ANSI Text
  • Unicode UTF-7 (normally or saved as ANSI)
  • Unicode UTF-8 (with or without BOM)
  • Unicode UTF-16 Little Endian or Big Endian (with or without BOM)
  • Unicode UTF-32 Little Endian or Big Endian (with or without BOM)


In addition, the Text Converter can also be used to work on several text files at the same time (replacements, file joinings, deletions, regular expressions, transcriptions and so on). If you are working on some files, you can easily click on "Encoding" in the "Actions" to set an encoding for saving. Then, the files will be saved in your desired encoding directly.

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