Scite default encoding to UTF-8

Scite is one of the best text editors out there – functional, fast and lightweight! If you write a lot of text that is not in english (read: UTF-8) it becomes pretty annoying as every time you open Scite.exe it defaults to 8-bit character set. To write or see the opened document with UTF8 characters you have to click File > Encoding > UTF-8. While there is no graphical interface for options, you can still change the default encoding manually. Here is how:

  • Open Scite, click Options > Open global options file
  • search for “” (mine is at line 218) and uncomment it (remove # symbol)
  • comment out “” (add # symbol)
  • save the global ooptions file and restart Scite.exe

Now every time you open scite or a document in it, the default encoding will be “Code page property” or UTF-8 in most cases. If it doesn`t work, there area few other lines that you can uncomment right under the mentioned ones.
Hope this helps!