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Viewing image file contents as hex or plain text


Hello everyone,

Just signed in to make this suggestion…

Sublime Text is primarily a text editor, right? That’s what it does, that’s what it should primarily be doing. It can be fully fledged with many extras, like multiple cursors and all, I’m all fine with that. In fact, that is the reason why I stick with it in the first place.

But in the end, it should be a text editor. That’s its purpose.

Yet, Sublime Text 3, by default, displays image files just like an image viewer would. Nice thinking there, but no. Sublime Text 3, as a text editor, should be displaying it as a plain text file, preferably rather as hex. It should even do this by default.

It’s all fine that Sublime Text 3 is loaded with the functionality to view image files as images, but it should just be a secondary option. It should not be the primary option, and definitely not the only option.

Please, do correct this mistake. At least put a menu option, something like: File > Reopen As > Hex, File > Reopen As > Plain Text and File > Reopen As > Image.

I am changing the extension of a file to view it as plain text in a text editor. This is absolutely inconvenient.

Thanks for reading,



I second this.

I can’t think of any circumstance under which I want an image to view as an image in my text editor - but if for some reason other people find this weird feature useful, at least make it optional so I can turn it off.

Curious what else is planned - when will I be able to play my music via Sublime Text?

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