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CSV Upload Error: Illegal character/ string - How to save as plain CSV for import
CSV Upload Error: Illegal character/ string - How to save as plain CSV for import

This is most commonly due to the CSV format, or a special UTF-8 character

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Written by Lisa Adams
Updated over a week ago

If receiving this error in your Upload History, verify that you saved your spreadsheet as a plain CSV (not UTF-8)

Certain UTF-8 characters may also present an error in a plan CSV format.

The most common is a start or end of guard character:

– β€” 

replace – or β€” with a minus: -

Normal special characters on a standard keyboard are acceptable ($,%,&,<,* etc)

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