I am trying to convert a peak area and height read in from a GC file (.csv) from string into a number. The only way Labview will read in the file is as a string, I have tried many other read options. I have tried a number of ways to attack this, but in the end it appears that the file encoding (UCS-2-LE-BOM) is to blame and creates spaces between numbers that Labview does not recognize. I have tried a program to remove the spaces, they are not seen. If I externally convert with notepad ++ the file to ANSI, everything works fine. This isn't practical for my application. Any thoughts on a workaround that I haven't tried?