Unicode Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples
Dr. Herong Yang, Version 5.10

Opening UTF-8 Text Files

This section provides a tutorial example on how to open a UTF-8 text file with Nodepad correctly by selecting the UTF-8 encoding option on the open file dialog box.

According to the Notepad help information, Notepad support 3 Unicode encodings: Unicode, UTF-8, and big-endian Unicode. Let's try to use Notepad to open the UTF-8 text file, hello.utf-8, created from the previous chapter first.

1. Run Notepad and click menu File > Open. The open file dialog box comes up.

2. Select the hello.utf-8 text file and select the UTF-8 option in the Encoding field. See the picture below:
Notepad Open UTF-8 File

3. Click the Open button. The UTF-8 file opens in the editor correctly. See the picture below:
Notepad Edit UTF-8 File

Very nice. This proves that Notepad can open UTF-8 text file correctly if the UTF-8 encoding option is selected.

If you select a different encoding, like Unicode, the UTF-8 text file will be opened incorrectly. Try it out yourself.

Last update: 2009.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Character Sets and Encodings

 ASCII Character Set and Encoding

 GB2312 Character Set and Encoding

 GB18030 Character Set and Encoding

 JIS X0208 Character Set and Encodings

 Unicode Character Set

 UTF-8 (Unicode Transformation Format - 8-Bit)

 UTF-16, UTF-16BE and UTF-16LE Encodings

 UTF-32, UTF-32BE and UTF-32LE Encodings

 Java Language and Unicode Characters

 Character Encoding in Java

 Character Set Encoding Maps

 Encoding Conversion Programs for Encoded Text Files

Using Notepad as a Unicode Text Editor

 What Is Notepad?

Opening UTF-8 Text Files

 Opening UTF-16BE Text Files

 Opening UTF-16LE Text Files

 Saving Files in UTF-8 Option

 Byte Order Mark (BOM) - FEFF - EFBBBF

 Saving Files in "Unicode Big Endian" Option

 Saving Files in "Unicode" Option

 Supported Save and Open File Formats

 Using Microsoft Word as a Unicode Text Editor

 Using Microsoft Excel as a Unicode Text Editor

 Unicode Code Point Blocks - Code Charts

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 Printable Copy - PDF Version

Dr. Herong Yang, updated in 2012
Opening UTF-8 Text Files