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Setting a default codepage for indexing of IPTC metadata

Where to set a default codepage for interpreting IPTC metadata and how this affects Index Manager's indexing.

What the codepage setting is

The code page setting determines the codepage Index Manager uses when reading metadata in legacy IPTC format.

Since IPTC can be stored in a number of different code page formats, it is important that you get the codepage setting correct. For systems set up for use in Western Europe and the USA, you can generally set the codepage to Windows Western Europe or Macintosh Western Europe and turn on automatic detection of Windows or Macintosh input.

Learn more about codepage settings for correctly reading IPTC metadata.

Setting a default codepage

Open the index properties and go to the Advanced tab. Choose the default codepage from the dropdown list in the Language Options section. If there are both Windows and Mac clients in your network, it's a good idea to enable automatic Windows/Mac detection also.

Index codepage settings

Indexing of file names

When Index Manager indexes filenames, they are interpreted using the codepage you have selected in the Regional Settings Control Panel in Windows. Characters A-Z are always read correctly, but if you plan to index files with e.g. Cyrillic or Greek characters in the filename, you will need to make sure that you have selected the same code page in the dialog shown above as Windows' default codepage.

If the codepage is not set correctly Index Manager will not correctly identify and index file names that contain illegal characters. It is possible to have Index Manager automatically rename files that contain illegal characters.