See the attached screen shot from UltraEdit v14.00 which I think you are using.
On left side you see the contents of a new file with Windows-1252 because of OEM Character Set
is not enabled in menu View
On right side you see the contents of same new file with OEM 850 because of OEM Character Set
is now enabled in menu View
The code page
option was not used between making the left and right side screen shots. Just the OEM Character Set
was enabled by clicking on this menu item.
The state of OEM Character Set
(disabled as by default or enabled) is stored in INI file of UltraEdit in section [Settings]
with Force OEM=0
for file extension group Default
. But there are also Force OEM2=
to Force OEM11=
for perhaps customized file extension groups to enable OEM Character Set editing for just specific file types like *.bat, *.cmd and *.nfo files.
So you could also open %APPDATA%\IDMComp\UltraEdit\uedit32.ini
with Windows Notepad while UltraEdit is not running and change all Force OEM
I can see after opening View - Set Code Page
the code page 850 in the list, see attached screen shot from this dialog (made on German Windows XP). However, it does not matter which code page is set for the active file when OEM Character Set
is enabled in menu View
because of UltraEdit uses in this case the code page defined by Windows according to region setting for console applications which I think is for France code page 850. Open a command prompt window and run the command chcp
(change code page) without any parameter and you get displayed which code page is defined by Windows for console according to your Region and Language settings in Windows Control Panel.
By clicking on OEM Character Set
to toggle off this option currently enabled in your configuration the code page defined by Windows for graphic user interface applications like UltraEdit according to Region and Language settings becomes active again which is Windows-1252.
For non Unicode files with text encoded with always 1 byte per character a text editor like UltraEdit can't really automatically detect which code page was used on writing the text. The exception is HTML and XHTML files with the charset
meta tag and XML files with the encoding
attribute. For those files with the character/encoding declaration present in file and of course also right set according to encoding/code page used for the file, UltraEdit can also determine automatically the code page for non Unicode encoded HTML/XHTML/XML files.
The code page in UE v14.00 which can be set individually for each opened file is mainly for copying/pasting text correct to/from clipboard and for converting to/from Unicode as also needed often in implicitly on copying/pasting text to/from clipboard and not only on using the file conversion commands in UltraEdit in menu File - Conversions
. On changing the code page for a file, a font must be selected by the user in UE v14.00 which supports the newly set code page.
In later versions of UltraEdit there have been made improvements like the encoding selector in status bar at bottom making it possible to change the text encoding from one text encoding to any other text encoding directly with 3 left mouse button clicks. And with UltraEdit v24.00 the user must not select anymore manually a font suitable for the encoding/code page set for the active file because of UltraEdit makes this automatically.
The setting Advanced - Set Code Page/Locale
defines the default code page used for non Unicode files after opening such a file and the code page can't be determined by UltraEdit from a charset
declaration because of file is not an HTML/XHTML/XML file. In general with default settings "C" Default Locale/Code Page - Previously Used
and "C" Default Locale/Code Page - Previously Used
is used the code page defined by Windows for GUI applications according to region setting for current user, except OEM Character Set
is enabled resulting in using the code page defined by Windows according to region settings for console. This setting makes it possible to override the default code page defined by Windows region setting for ANSI encoded files opened in UltraEdit.
The setting Advanced - Set Code Page/Locale
is also important on using Sort
with option Use Locale
enabled. In this case it is important which locale is configured in dialog opened with Advanced - Set Code Page/Locale
. For example with the default code page/locale settings and running a sort of lines containing on each line a French word with accents there is no difference on sort order on having option Use Locale
checked or not checked before running the sort because of sort is strictly "C" based, i.e. a
. But with code page set to 1252 and locale set to French, a
for sort with option Use Locale
checked resulting in a sort order of the words in the lines as native French speaking people expect.Set Code Page
is a per file setting. So multiple opened files can be encoded with different code pages. But in UE < 24.00 the user has to choose a font manually which supports all code pages set for the opened files. A manually set code page for a file is remembered by UltraEdit in its INI file for next opening this file.
The button Clear History
at Advanced - Configuration - Toolbars / Menus - Miscellaneous
deletes usually all file/search/replace histories including the file based encoding/code page history. But that is not the case in UE v14.00. So to clear the file code page history on using UE < v22.214.171.1240 it is necessary to open INI file of UltraEdit with Windows Notepad while UltraEdit is not running and delete the entire section [File Code Page]
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