Remove Special Characters from Import-Csv

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  • #24171
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    H Man


    I have a reporting system that generates a csv file that I need to import into powershell.

    While looking at the file it looks fine , But using import-csv some "special character " is detected in of of the proprieties. Is there anyway to remove this character : �

    here is the output
    Classification : CMS/NBS � Report � Revision

    it should be

    Classification : CMS/NBS » Report – Revision

  • #24172
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    Daniel Krebs

    One option would be to replace the characters:

    $Content = Get-Content -Path C:\My\test.csv
    $Content = $Content.Replace('»','>').Replace('–','-')
    $Csv = ConvertFrom-Csv -InputObject $Content
  • #24173
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    Don Jones

    Those are extended characters, not ASCII, which is probably causing the problem. You might try using -Encoding to specify the type of encoding (since it isn't ASCII) that the file was created in. For example, "-Encoding UTF8," if that's what was used to create the file.

  • #24176
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    H Man

    Thanks Guys. -Encoding was the issue.

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