Have you ever faced a situation where you cannot encode a CSV file in the UTF-8 format, and you’re not sure how to fix it? Then, this article can help you solve the problem because we’ll explore 3 solutions when CSV UTF 8 is not available in Excel. In addition, we’ll also learn to convert CSV UTF 8 online and preserve special characters.
CSV UTF 8 Not Available in Excel: 3 Solutions
Let’s assume the Project Checklist dataset shown in range B4:C13, which contains a list of tasks and their status respectively. Here, we want to convert this Excel file to CSV UTF-8 format.
Here, we have used the Microsoft Excel 365 version; you may use any other version according to your convenience.
1. Using Excel’s Save As Option
Let’s begin with a simple method that involves using the Save As option in Excel.
- Choose the Save As option >> click the Browse button.
- Choose the CSV (Comma delimited) (*.csv) option >> click on Tools drop-down >> move to Web Options.
- Click on the Encoding tab >> Select Unicode (UTF-8) >> Hit OK.
Read More: How to Encode Data in Excel
2. Utilizing Notepad App
We can also employ the Notepad application to encode CSV files in UTF-8 format.
- Navigate to the File tab >> Go to the Save As option >> Select Browse location as shown previously.
- Select the CSV (Comma delimited) (*.csv) option >> Hit the Save button.
- Right-click on the CSV file >> Open the file with Notepad.
- Use the CTRL + SHIFT + S shortcut to activate the Save As option.
- Choose UTF-8 encoding >> Press the Save button.
Read More: How to Change Encoding in Excel
3. Applying Text Import Wizard
Conversely, Excel’s Text Import Wizard can also apply UTF-8 encoding to a CSV file.
- Open Microsoft Excel >> Proceed to the Data tab >> Click the Get Data drop-down >> In the Legacy Wizards, select the From Text (Legacy) option.
- Locate the CSV file in the file explorer >> Click the Open button.
- Select 65001 : Unicode (UTF-8) encoding in File Origin box >> Check My data has headers >> Press Next.
- Check the Comma Delimiter >> Click on Next.
- Hit the Finish button to complete the process >> Apply the CTRL + S to save the CSV file.
Here, you can see the steps of the Text Import Wizard in real-time in the GIF given below.
How to Convert Excel to UTF-8 CSV Using Online Converter
For one thing, we can also convert an Excel file to CSV UTF-8 online.
- Go to the Convertio website >> Click the Choose Files button.
- Upload the Excel file >> Choose the CSV format >> Hit the Convert button.
- Download the CSV file by clicking the Download button.
How to Convert Excel to CSV UTF-8 with Preserving Special Characters
Last but not least, we can preserve any foreign symbols or characters when converting from Excel to CSV by choosing the UTF-8 encoding. In this case, let’s consider the List of Currency and Symbols dataset shown in the B4:C11 cells which displays a list of Currency and their Symbols respectively.
- Jump to the File tab at the top left corner of the Home ribbon.
- Navigate to the Save As option >> Choose Browse.
- Select CSV UTF-8 (Comma delimited) (*.csv) option >> Press the Save button.
Open the CSV file to check for foreign symbols and characters.
I have skipped some of the processes of converting an Excel file to CSV by saving it, which you may explore if you wish.
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