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I live in Spain and I am using the English version of Microsoft Excel installed with wine on Ubuntu. The problem is that I use my laptop at work and when I copy text into excel (text that is Spanish) the characters that are Spanish (such as é,ñ, á...etc) are changed into weird characters. How can I sort this out?

For example: Martínez José....appears as "Martínez José" in my spreadsheet and I really cant have it this way or my boss will kill me. :)

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Encoding issue possibly? – hexafraction Sep 21 '12 at 21:05
@ObsessiveFOSS I dont even know what that means. :) – Elysium Sep 21 '12 at 21:06
such weird issues occur when you emulate through wine, there is a solution, I'm sure, but it might be difficult to track, one solution would be to use a native linux app like libre office, it can save to Excel formats – user35186 Sep 21 '12 at 21:20
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This is an encoding problem anyway it may be hard to solve this issue for you. But you can use Libreoffice Calc it looks like Microsoft office excel and also you can save in Microsoft office formats(xls-xlsx)

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well, the thing is that I'd like to use microsoft excel. That's the software I am used to. – Elysium Sep 22 '12 at 7:52

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