Unicode Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - Version 5.21, by Dr. Herong Yang
Opening UTF-16 Text Files
This section provides a tutorial example on how to open a UTF-16 (Little-Endian with BOM) text file with Excel correctly by selecting the 'Windows (ANSI)' encoding option on the Text Import Wizard dialog box.
In the previous section, we saved a Unicode text file in the Little-Endian with BOM format of UTF-16 encoding. Now I want to try to open it back into Excel.
1. Run Excel and click menu File > Open. The Open file dialog box comes up.
2. Select the hello.utf-8 text file and click the Open button. The Text Import Wizard dialog box comes up automatically. Excel detected the encoding to be "Windows (ANSI)" and suggests you to use it to read the text file. See the correct text in the preview section in the picture below:
3. Click the Next button and finish the import process. My UTF-16 text file opens in Excel correctly.
Very nice. This proves that Word can open UTF-16 (Little-Endian with BOM) text file correctly if the "Windows (ANSI)" encoding option is selected.
If you select a different encoding, like (65000 : Unicode (UTF-7), the UTF-8 text file will be opened incorrectly. Try it out yourself.
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