FAR Settings Menu

The FAR configuration settings allow to steer the following categories:

Find and Replace (F&R)

The first tab comprises the most important settings:

File List

Define what view should be opened when you double click on files in the file list.

You can also specify the information that should be displayed in the rightmost column of the file list.


Define the default encoding used by FAR if it should be different from the default platform encoding of your operating system.

You can also add more encodings to the list of encodings available in FAR (for replace operations and others). Simply click on an entry in the list of supported encodings to bring it on the right side. If you click an encoding in the list of available encodings, it will be removed from there.

FAR always comes with UTF-8, US-ASCII, X-CP437 and you default platform encoding if it is different from UTF-8 and US-ASCII. These three or four encodings are always available and can not be removed. X-CP437 is a special encoding for viewing binary files. It copies code page 437, well known from DOS times, but carries a printable character for the first (zero) and last (FF) byte: ⌀ and □.

File Types

Add or modify the file types recognized by FAR. This feature allows you to define groups of files with an encoding different from the default encoding.

FAR uses the file extension to identify the file type a particular file belongs to. If you add an extension that is already used by some other file type, it will be redrawn from that original file type.

The Category will be used in future versions of FAR to supply additional tools and functionality.