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Could anybody suggest a light (small, fast) text editor that can

  • handle columnar view of csv files?
  • save quote character to all fields, even if not 'necessary'

OpenOffice Calc is bit big for my old laptop. My favourite Notepad++ cannot present a columnar view. And it seems to me that Sharp Tools Spreadsheet cannot import CSV files. Google Docs converts some date fields by default, which I do not want and it is really slow.

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CSVed is really good choice. I recommend it to anybody ... just enjoy. – Radek Mar 16 '10 at 4:31
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CSVed - at 1MB it seems pretty light.

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Note that as of version 2.2.1 it has trouble opening large CSV files.

  • a 4,000,000 row, 313 column, LF terminated CSV simply gives a "File is empty" warning
    • reduced to ~1000 rows it opens, but drops columns 227 - 313
    • reduced to 1 row, it still drops columns 227 - 313
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exactly what I wanted :-) Thank you for that. – Radek Mar 14 '10 at 2:03
I'm trying CSVed 2.3.0 (and its little brother uniCSVed 1.1) and unfortunately they don't support line breaks into text wrapped by double-quotes, wich is a kind of CSV standard (6. Fields containing line breaks...) – Salvador Mar 13 '14 at 14:58
Super prog. The only thing I cannot find, how to force it to see the first line as column names? – Ilya Sep 8 '15 at 12:40
Cannot escape double quotes, e.g. " -> "" or \" – oseiskar Oct 8 '15 at 11:40

I have written a product called Ron's Editor which you might want to look at. I am always interested in making it more useful/powerful so I would be interested in your feedback.

Ron's Editor

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As long as your prog does not offer any unique functionality compared with the free alternatives (like CSVed), you might consider making it more affordable or even free for personal use. Now it looks like you are trying to "sell air". – Ilya Sep 8 '15 at 12:44

CSVed is a light weight editor specifically designed for editing CSV files on Windows. It's free.

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You could use the Windows port of emacs and then use the CSV mode.

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