I have an Excel that was written in Hebrew that I need to convert into Shapefile file. I am working with Windoes 7 and with QGIS 2.18.17. When I was converting the Excel into CSV I used "CSV (Comma delimited" format. I also took care to be sure that the numbers and the words in the Excel columns are in the correct encoding.

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The result was an error with the layout of the Hebrew words. enter image description here

I head tried other kinds of encoding for the Excel conversion and for the Delimited text file as well Including, but it did not help.

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    If you open the csv file with a text editor (like Notepap++), can you see the hebrew characters? I think the problem is not with QGis, but with Excel export to csv. Can you try to save as Unicode text, instead of csv?
    – Leyan
    Commented Mar 25, 2018 at 13:57

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As @Leyan mentioned, the problem is almost definitely in the export from Excel to CSV. Here's one workaround that worked for me:

1) Open your Excel file (.xlsx/xls)
2) Click Save As and select 'Unicode Text (*.txt)'. Save your file somewhere.
3) Open this .txt file in QGIS, and then just change the File Format to custom delimiters -> Tab:

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Btw, if you have Excel 2013, there is another format that will work: 'CSV UTF-8 (Comma delimited) (*.csv)', but it does not seem to appear in the context menu screenshot you attached.

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