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I have a tab separated value file that I want to edit in Excel. When Excel saves the file it modifies any column with quotes. It puts quotes around the whole column, and then double any quotes within the content of the column ( " -> "" ).

I don't want quotes around my columns and I don't want my quotes within columns escaped. The program that reads this file is not expecting quotes around the columns. Is there anyway to save or export the file without these added quotes?

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To save Excel file into tab separated file (without quotes added):

  1. In Excel, press CtrlA to select all
  2. Press CtrlC to copy
  3. Open Notepad, press CtrlV to paste
  4. Press CtrlS to save and it is done
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Find & Replace this: (") With a null value: () Manually.


Find & Replace 'All' of this ("") With this: (")

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If the Excel file is long, there will be a lot of human work. – wilson Nov 2 '10 at 6:45
One option can be to replace ("") to a character which won't be there in the tab delimited file like (~) or (^), then to replace " to () and then finally (~) or (^) to ("). – jhamu Nov 2 '10 at 16:04
@jhamu, nice improvement to reduce human work :) – wilson Nov 3 '10 at 1:41

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