# Importing a csv file yields weird first character

Whenever I import a CSV file, I get this weird character at the beginning of the file ,I am not sure why. How can I avoid this?

• I have a guess, but I need a couple of pieces of information, first. First, what version are you using? Second, what does FullForm@data9k[[1]] return? Lastly, what does PacletFind["SVTools"] return? – rcollyer Oct 18 '19 at 19:54
• @Indeterminate like rcollyerI have a guess. I think if it is in all your files that I could be the BOM. – Hans Oct 18 '19 at 21:05
• @Indeterminate please see [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byte_order_mark] see table. If you concur then how to solve? I believe you need to indicate the Character Encoding in your Import. – Hans Oct 18 '19 at 21:44
• @Indeterminate Please try Import["yourfilenamehere", "CSV" , CharacterEncoding -> "UTF-8"] – Hans Oct 18 '19 at 22:09

Import["yourfilenamehere", "CSV", CharacterEncoding -> "UTF-8"]