In IDA 5.0 Freeware how do you convert a block of data into a unicode string, the only thing I can find is to convert it into an ascii string.

db 'a'
db 0
db 'b'
db 0
db 'c'
db 0
db 'd'
db 0
db 0
db 0


unicode <abcd>, 0
  • if you get a long sequence of this type means executable need unpacking.. Apr 12, 2013 at 18:53

2 Answers 2


Press Alt-A to bring up the "string style" dialog, from which you can create a string of various types (including Unicode). Through this dialog, you can optionally set the default string type that is created when you press a (i.e., you can make it such that Unicode is the default if you want).

Alternatively use Alt+A U as pointed out by joxeankoret in the comment.

  • 2
    I really like shortcuts: Alt-A+U (it's the same). Apr 14, 2013 at 15:21

Select the first byte, Edit -> Strings -> Unicode.

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