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I am running excel and would like to export my file as a .scsv (semi-colon separated values) sheet instead of a .csv. Is there any way to do this?

ps. I can't do a .csv and search and replace commas with semi-colons because the fields contain commas already.

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If you're open to doing a little programming, a converter could be written fairly easily in the Python programming language using its built-in csv module which would make it easy to read Excel .csv files and then write new versions of them that had just about any delimiter your desired. –  martineau Sep 17 '12 at 21:38
It depends if there are commas in the entries or not. –  AER Dec 3 '14 at 0:54

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How about doing Tab Delimited and replacing the tabs with semi-colons?

In excel: File -> Save As -> in Format select "Tab Delimited Text (.txt)" then his save.

Open the file in notepad and open the replace window. Since you can't tab directly into this window, copy a tab from your document and then paste it into the Find box and put your ; into the replace box. Then replace all.

I assume this would work because it is very rare to have tabs within an excel document.

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Although basic for most users, could you provide a set of instructions as well? –  Canadian Luke Sep 17 '12 at 21:06
Can that be done entirely within Excel and if so, how? –  martineau Sep 17 '12 at 21:22
I don't think it can be done entirely in Excel. Excel hides the formating (tabs) so you wouldn't be able to replace them. After replacing them with semi-colons you wouldn't be able to open with excel either (it'd just be one giant cell) –  Robert Sep 17 '12 at 23:01

I don't think you can set output separator directly in Excel, but (assuming Windows) you could change OS list separator to ; - that's done in Regional Settings->Customize. Excel will use that setting outputing your csv files.

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Important note: if you do this, all Windows programs that use the Internationalized Windows libraries will assume that ; is the separator character for all CSV files. If this is a one time solution, it probably makes more sense to save a regular CSV file and use an editor to change the commas to semicolons –  Isaac Rabinovitch Sep 18 '12 at 3:04

If you would like a script, paste the following in a module.

Option Explicit
Sub export2scsv()
    Dim lastColumn As Integer
    Dim lastRow As Integer
    Dim strString As String
    Dim i As Integer, j As Integer

    lastColumn = ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Column - 1 + ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Columns.Count
    lastRow = ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Rows(ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Rows.Count).Row

    Open "output.scsv" For Output As #1

    For i = 1 To lastRow
        Cells(i, 1).Select
        strString = ""
        For j = 1 To lastColumn
            If j <> lastColumn Then
                strString = strString & Cells(i, j).Value & ";" ' Use semicolon instead of pipe.
                strString = strString & Cells(i, j).Value
            End If
        Next j
        Print #1, strString
    Next i

    Close #1
End Sub
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I use in simple way:-

  1. Open csv(semicolon) file with Notepad or Notepad++.
  2. Find and Replace(Ctrl+H) from semicolon(;) to comma(,).
  3. Save and close file.
  4. Now, open modify file with Ms-Excel.
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1.> Change File format to .CSV (semicolon delimited)

To achieve the desired result we need to temporary change the delimiter setting in the Excel Options.

Move to File -> Options -> Advanced -> Editing Section

Uncheck the “Use system separators” setting and put a comma in the “Decimal Separator” field.

Now save the file in the .CSV format and it will be saved in the semicolon delimited format !!!

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Taken from ashwaniashwin.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/… Please note that attribution is required. –  Arjan Apr 28 '14 at 7:11

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