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I'm seeing an odd character when importing data. How can I get rid of it?

Danielle Kellogg Updated by Danielle Kellogg

The error glyph shows up when a special character is imported in a file without the correct encoding. Excel spreadsheets don’t use UTF-8 character encoding, so it's more likely to happen when importing special characters from Excel file.

If you don’t know how to encode your Excel spreadsheets (not many people do), there’s an easy workaround. Use Google Sheets to create your CSV import files. Google Sheets is UTF-8 encoded, which prevents the problem you’re experiencing.

If your spreadsheets are already created, you can either import them into a Google Sheet OR if you have a small one, just copy and paste it out of Excel into Google Sheets.

Alternatively, if you only have a little cleanup to do, you can fix the characters directly in the builder in your Records tab. Copy the text from the source that shows the special characters correctly and paste it in place of the text showing an error glyph .

Here’s a screen grab of a corrected entry (left) and one with an error (right):


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