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Auto-select language encoding setting in Internet Explorer

Whenever you visit a website, the web page tells the browser which language encoding to use. The browser uses this information, and renders the page. If the page does not include this information, it will find out the correct language encoding automatically. In Internet Explorer, this happens if you have enabled the Auto-Select feature.

Like all web browsers, global language detection occurs automatically in Internet Explorer too.

Auto select language encoding setting

While it is best to leave these settings at their default values, if for some reason you need to change this setting, you can do so as follows:

Open Internet Explorer. Right-click the bar and select to show Menu bar. Now under View button, select > Encoding > Auto-select.

If the Auto-Select option is checked, the correct language setting is automatically determined.

If Internet Explorer is unable to detect the correct language setting, you can manually select the appropriate language, in case you know what it is.

The default settings in my Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 are : Unicode (UTF-8) and Left-to-right document.

If you need to select additional language encoding, go to View > Encoding > More. Select the language encoding here.

Restart Internet Explorer

Set default language encoding to Auto-select globally

If you need to make this change globally on your Windows system or Workstation, you can do so by modifying the Windows Registry.

Open regedit and navigate to the following key and modify the value of AutoDetect:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\International\AutoDetect

Trust this helps!