Unicode Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples
Dr. Herong Yang, Version 5.10

Opening UTF-16BE Text Files

This section provides a tutorial example to prove that Excel can not open a UTF-16BE text file. Its Text Import Wizard only supports UTF-7 and UTF-8 encodings.

Now let's try to use Excel to open the UTF-16BE text file, hello.utf-16be, created from the previous chapter.

1. Run Excel and click menu File > Open. The Open file dialog box comes up.

2. Select the hello.utf-16be text file and click the Open button. A warning message dialog box comes up:
Excel Open File Error

3. Not too bad. The warning message says: "This file is not in a recognized format. ... If you still want to see what text is contained in the file, click OK. Then click Finish in the Text Import Wizard."

4. Ok, let's try to the Text Import Wizard. But Excel does not provide the Unicode Big-Endian encoding in the "File origin" list. It only provides "65000 : Unicode (UTF-7)" and "65001 : (UTF-8)".
Excel Open File Origin Option

Too bad. This proves that Excel can not open UTF-16BE text files.

Last update: 2009.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Character Sets and Encodings

 ASCII Character Set and Encoding

 GB2312 Character Set and Encoding

 GB18030 Character Set and Encoding

 JIS X0208 Character Set and Encodings

 Unicode Character Set

 UTF-8 (Unicode Transformation Format - 8-Bit)

 UTF-16, UTF-16BE and UTF-16LE Encodings

 UTF-32, UTF-32BE and UTF-32LE Encodings

 Java Language and Unicode Characters

 Character Encoding in Java

 Character Set Encoding Maps

 Encoding Conversion Programs for Encoded Text Files

 Using Notepad as a Unicode Text Editor

 Using Microsoft Word as a Unicode Text Editor

Using Microsoft Excel as a Unicode Text Editor

 What Is Microsoft Excel?

 Opening UTF-8 Text Files

Opening UTF-16BE Text Files

 Opening UTF-16LE Text Files

 Saving UTF-8 Text Files

 Saving Files in "Unicode Text (*.txt)" Option

 Opening UTF-16 Text Files

 Supported Save and Open File Formats

 Unicode Code Point Blocks - Code Charts

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 Printable Copy - PDF Version

Dr. Herong Yang, updated in 2012
Opening UTF-16BE Text Files