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I have a CSV file that contains a text field that can have commas in it. When importing it into Excel, it's picking up these commas as field separators. I have the field in quotes, and I've tried double quotes as well. Is there any way I can import this as is or should I convert it to another delimiter?

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Please show us the problematic fields, else the answers will be random stabs in the dark. –  Jean-François Corbett Jul 11 '11 at 11:52

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Make sure there a no spaces between your separated values and wrap each field in quotes:

"1, 2","3, 4"

Will import into 2 cells - the first having "1, 2" and the second having "3, 4"

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This did the trick for me. I had spaces after the delimiting commas and before the next quoted value. After I removed the spaces, Excel parse my CSV file correctly. –  dthrasher Nov 7 '12 at 3:43

How are you importing it? Are you using the data import function on the ribbon or is this via VBA? Because when I import using the ribbon function I can specify the text qualifier as a " and it would import "abc,123","abc,123","abc,123" as abc,123<next cell>abc,123<next cell>abc,123.

If that isn't working though and you don't have to do this for dozens of files you could do a find-and-replace of "," (including quotes) and replace with "^t"(including quotes) (^t being the MS word version of tab if you do the find and replace in word). Then you can have a tab delimited file...

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