P6 Professional Export to Excel Showing Chinese Characters as '???' in Excel With SQL Server Database.

(Doc ID 2354576.1)

Last updated on FEBRUARY 02, 2018

Applies to:

Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management - Version and later
Primavera P6 Professional Project Management - Version and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


When P6 data is exported to Excel XSLX file format Chinese characters are displaying as '???' in Excel.

Exported Chinese characters to Excel XSLX file format display correctly and as Chinese characters in Excel.

The issue can be reproduced at will with the following steps:

  1. Create P6 SQL Server 2012 db with Collation: SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS.
  2. On P6 Client set System Locale equal to 'Chinese (Simplified).'
  3. Add Chinese characters in P6 Professional client.
  4. Export P6 Activities to Excel XLSX.
  5. Open Excel XLSX file in Excel 2013.
  6. Result: Chinese characters displaying as '???'.

The issue has the following business impact:
Due to this issue, users cannot export Chinese characters to Excel.


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