Excel CSV UTF8

Excel to CSV UTF8

In case excel contains any smart quotes or any other language data while converting the data from Excel to CSV, it won’t convert accurately and ends up getting question marks. So while importing the data, also we get the same things. However, by using Excel CSV UTF8 as the encoding, we can choose the file format and language easily.

What is UTF8 Encoding?

Unicode Transformation Format is the format for converting any character to Unicode standard that can be as compact as ASCII.

ASCII: American Standard Code for Information Interchange

CSV format files are there for long years, and all of we know is just the basic level of exporting and importing the data. But in addition to that, there are some advanced techniques that are also there. In the case of data that comes with special characters needs a different kind of procedure to convert the data from Excel to CSV. In this article, we will show you how to deal with special kinds of characters with excel CSV file, i.e., CSV UTF8.


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You can download this Excel to CSV UTF8 Template here – Excel to CSV UTF8 Template

Example of UTF8 Encoding in Excel CSV File

For example, look at the below data in excel worksheet.

Excel CSV UTF8 Example 1

These are the names in Japanese, and we have proper English meaning for each of the words here. Now let’s convert the file to CSV format now.

Follow the steps to convert excel to csv file format.

  1. Click Save As button or press the F12 shortcut in excel.

  2. Choose the destination folder to save the file as a CSV file.

    Excel CSV UTF8 Example 1-1

  3. Change the save as file type to CSV (Comma Delimited).

    Excel CSV UTF8 Example 1-2

  4. Click on the “Save” button, and our data will be saved as a CSV file.

    Excel CSV UTF8 Example 1-3
    With the file extension, we can easily view the file format.

    Look at the above files, which are named the same, but the file extension is “CSV” and “XLSM”, so this shows that both the file formats are different from each other.

Now open the CSV file and see what we get.

Excel CSV UTF8 Example 1-4

Look at the values in columns B & C (where we had Japanese words), we have got question marks instead of actual words, and when we try importing the data to excel, we still get question marks only.

So this is the problem with special character data conversion to CSV file. To avoid this, we need to follow different procedures and below the procedure.

Save File As Unicode Text Format

Before we save the data in the CSV file format, we need to first save as “Unicode Text (*.txt),” then convert to CSV file, follow the below steps.

Step 1: Once again, open Save As window, and this time, choose the file format as “Unicode Text (*.Txt)” format.

Excel CSV UTF8 Example 1-5

Step 2: Click on the “Save” button, and the file will be saved in Unicode format.

Excel CSV UTF8 Example 1-6

Look now; we have three format files, Excel, CSV & Unicode Text Format.

Now open a Unicode Text file and see how data looks.

Excel CSV UTF8 Example 1-7

Data looks as it is in the text file.

Now we need to save the above file as an encoding of UTF-8 method to get the correct data into excel. So now, insert the delimiter for the above data by replacing the space characters. Copy the first space character.

Example 1-8 (Select Space)

Now open Find & Replace in Excel and replace the copied space with a comma (,).

Example 1-9 (Find)

Click on Replace All, and all the space characters will be replaced by a comma.

Example 1-10 (Replace all)

Now choose Save As option.

Example 1-11 (Save As)

This will open up the save window and in that window, choose the Encoding option as UTF-8.

Excel CSV UTF8 Example 1-12

Click on the “Save” button to complete the save option.

Example 1-13 (Save)

Now change the file extension from “.txt” to “.csv.”

Example 1-14 (File Extension)

Now open the CSV file, and we should get the correct Japanese words instead of the question mark.

Example 1-15 (CSV File)

Things to Remember

  • UTF converts special character words through encoding.
  • Save the file as Unicode before converting to CSV and encoding as UTF-8.

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