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Using VBA to remove BOM from UTF-8 CSV file, so special characters can be read into Word using ADODB

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* ADODB* ConnectionStringsVBAMicrosoft Word
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I've written a pretty complex Word global template (.dotm) using VBA.  One function auto-creates a Word document based on a CSV file output from another system.  The developers of that system are saving the CSV using "UTF-8 with BOM" encoding. I use this  ADODB method to open the CSV so I can import it into an array.  

Set objConnection = New ADODB.Connection

objConnection.ConnectionString = "Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=" & CSVfolder & ";Extended Properties='text;HDR=NO;FMT=Delimited'"


Set objRecSet = New ADODB.Recordset

objRecSet.ActiveConnection = objConnection

objRecSet.source = "SELECT * FROM [" & CSVfile & "];" 

objRecSet.Open , , adOpenStatic

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This works great.  However, the presence of the Byte Order Marker at the beginning of the file is causing international special characters to be read in/displayed incorrectly when used in string variables.  If I first use Excel to open and then resave the CSV file as a regular comma delimited CSV file, not UTF-8, then the special characters import and display correctly. But I'm trying to avoid that step.

Is there something I can add to my connection string, or a VBA method I can use to remove the BOM from the file before I import it?
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