How to Convert a File From ANSI to UTF8

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How to Convert a File From ANSI to UTF8
ANSI is a popularly used encoding format for files with English characters. (typing #5 image by Adam Borkowski from

ANSI is an encoding format used for text. It is used primarily for text files that are written in the English language. Since the character set in the English language is fairly simple, ANSI is used to encode it since it does not require a lot of time to process. UTF-8 is a much more complex encoding format that works better for encoding characters for other languages--such as Asian languages. To convert a text file from ANSI encoding to UTF-8 encoding, you can use a simple word processing program such as Notepad.

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  • Notepad

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  1. 1

    Open the "Notepad" application. It is found in your "Start" menu. If not present there, you can do a search for it by finding the search option in your start menu and typing in "notepad."

  2. 2

    Open your file in Notepad by clicking on the "File" menu and selecting "Open." Locate the ANSI file that you wish to convert to UTF-8 and click "Open."

  3. 3

    Click on the "File" menu and click "Save As" once your file is open.

  4. 4

    Click on the arrow next to the word "Encoding" and choose UTF-8 in the scroll down menu.

  5. 5

    Click "Save" and exit out of the Notepad application.

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