I am trying to create a value map on a field by loading a CSV file that was Exported from Google Sheets, but QGIS is loading unrecognized characters. enter image description here

However, the Arabic characters do show up fine if I open up the CSV in notepad. As I understand, Google Sheets exports in UTF-8 which should be recognizable.

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Thanks in advance.

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    Did you set UTF-8 while importing the CSV?
    – MrXsquared
    Apr 6, 2020 at 9:33
  • I couldn't find an option to set the encoding in Google Sheets or when I load the CSV in QGIS.
    – Raffi_A
    Apr 6, 2020 at 9:45

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When you import your CSV via Layer --> Add layer --> Add delimited text layer, you need to set the encoding of your CSV to UTF-8:

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  • That worked, thank you so much.
    – Raffi_A
    Apr 6, 2020 at 9:55

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