I'm working with Excel to open a delimited (tabbed) txt file that contains Portuguese and Spanish accents. As you can see below, in the third row there is a title "Último Año" that is correct.

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However when I import the file into Excel the text is misinterpreted as "Último Año".

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The correct codepage would be Unicode UTF-8 or ANSI. I tried several options, like using the import file options from Excel to select UTF-8 (and other formats) but the result is always weird.

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Does anybody know how to interpret/display the correct latin accents on Mac Excel?

  • UTF-8 utf8-chartable.de/unicode-utf8-table.pl
    – Ruskes
    Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 17:57
  • @Buscar yeah that one, I just need Excel to use it... Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 19:16
  • does it works if you try to Insert a Symbol and choose yours ?
    – Ruskes
    Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 19:31
  • @Buscar웃 yes the input is fine, I can type all characters, no problem. Its an import issue. Maybe I can create an autocorrect table for the weird entries and run it as a workaround. Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 19:46

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After several bumps in the wall I figure out this Terminal command (Shell Script) that will convert properly the files from UTF-8 for Latin 1:

iconv -f UTF-8 -t LATIN1 </path/sourceFile.txt >/path/destinationFile.txt

Oddly enough, the Finder preview won't display the correct characters and TextEdit won't even open the file. But Excel recognize everything, which is fine for me.

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