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I have an application where I upload some content in CSV format, however the main document where I have my data is an Excel document.

I use Save As » CSV in order to make a CSV file, but it is not going to save the cyrillic values, instead the text looks like question marks (the system does not let me paste a lot of question marks here).

How do I export it correctly?

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What version of excel? – Raystafarian Feb 19 '12 at 3:49
Microsoft Excel 2010 – Mike Feb 19 '12 at 19:31

In Excel,

Save as, then next to the save button, you see "tools" menu. Choose web options, then encoding tab, then select the encoding you like. I would suggest to save everything in UTF8, but that is your choice. Note this is in Excel 2007 or above.

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do you use correct encoding? I use Libreoffice Calc and there you have to specify output encoding for the CSV or DBF file (and there should be something similar also in Excel). I used this also with some Japanese datasets and it looked OK. I assume that you should use UTF-8 in your case.

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Actually my Excel is saving CSV in ANSI and not UTF8 or Unicode and I do not know how can I change that. – Mike Feb 18 '12 at 15:09
I also checked this but with no result… – Mike Feb 18 '12 at 15:11

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