When I open a TeX file containing arabic letters, I only see weird letters. I tried WinEdt, Emacs, TeXMaker. But when I open the same file using Notepad, it looks OK. What shoud I do?

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    Make sure that the encoding that is used by the editors are inline with the encoding that the one used by Notepad. TeXnicCenter still doesn't support Unicode in a convenient way. – percusse Feb 15 '12 at 1:37
  • Instead of the "thank you", which is nice of course, upvote a correct answer and, especially if it solved your problem, accept it please, thanks! – Stefan Kottwitz Mar 4 '12 at 22:08

You need to use an editor that can handle and display Unicode-encoded characters. The ones you mention -- other than notepad -- are probably not Unicode-aware. Actually, the very latest version of Texmaker is Unicode-aware; you may be using a somewhat obsolete version of that program.

Try opening your file with TeXworks, TeXshop (if you use a Mac), or any other editor that's Unicode-aware, and you should be in business.

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