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How can I stop Excel from eating my delicious CSV files and excreting useless data?

I have a database which tracks sales of widgets by serial number. Users enter purchaser data and quantity, and scan each widget into a custom client program. They then finalize the order. This all ...
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Is it possible to paste CSV formatted data into Excel 2007?

I want to copy and paste CSV formatted text into Excel 2007. Is there a way of doing this without saving it to a temporary file first? I'm sure in previous versions of Excel there was a way to ...
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How to open semicolon delimited CSV-files in US-version of Excel

When I double-click on a .csv file, it is opened in Excel. The csv-files have columns delimited with semicolons (not commas, but also a valid format). Using a German Windows/Excel setup, the opened ...
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How do you force excel to quote all columns of a CSV file?

Excel only places quotes around certain fields, how do I force excel to save a CSV file with quotes around every column?
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Querying a CSV file

Does anyone know of a simple tool that will open up a CSV file and let you do basic, SQLesque queries on it? Like a graphical tool of sorts, one that is easy to use. I know I could write a small ...
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How to set character encoding when opening Excel

Is it possible to set the default encoding for Excel (any version, e.g. 2010) when opening files like csv files (like you can in Open Office Calc)? I When I try to open a csv file encoded in Japanese ...
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Easiest way to open CSV with commas in Excel

CSV files are automatically associated with Excel but when I open them, all the rows are basically in the first column, like this: It's probably because when Excel thinks "comma-separated values", ...
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How do you change default delimiter in the Text Import in Excel?

I want to import a CSV file to Excel. The CSV file has comma separated data (go figure), but the delimiter in the Text Import Wizard is set to "Tab" by default. How can I change the default to "Comma" ...
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Lightweight CSV viewer for Mac? [closed]

I need to view (large) CSV files on my Mac. I could use something like OpenOffice, but unfortunately it's pretty big and slow. I'm wondering if there's a Mac equivalent of some of the Windows tools ...
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What is an alternative to Excel for editing spreadsheets?

I often have to manipulate Excel and CSV spreadsheets to prepare data being imported into MySQL. I need to do things like find and replace values, insert and remove columns, sort rows, etc. I ...
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Saving a file in a CSV type in Excel always removes the BOM

I've been trying to find a reasonable solution/explanation (unsuccessfully) to find out why Excel defaults to removing the BOM when saving a file to the CSV type. Please forgive me if you find this a ...
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Formatting a comma-delimited CSV to force Excel to interpret value as a string

Searching around for a while trying to figure out how to format a CSV file in such a way to force Excel to interpret the values as a string and not try and convert them to numbers or dates. e.g... ...
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Converting CSV to fixed-width in Notepad++?

Is there a way in Notepad++ to convert a comma-separated file to fixed width columns? This feature exists in UltraEdit and explained in Working with CSV files, but I am happy with my Notepad++, and I ...
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How to join two CSV files?

Suppose you have one CSV file with 2 fields: ID and email. You have another file with 2 fields: email and name. How can you produce a file with all three fields joined on email?
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True difference between Excel CSV and Standard CSV

What is the true difference between an Excel CSV and a standard CSV? For example, when handling columns with line breaks inside one cell, how do they encode it differently?
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Notepad++ - Removing the first column in a comma separated file

I have a large CSV file that I need to remove the first column of data. I cannot open it in Excel because Excel converts some of the values in the columns to scientific numbers. I am using Notepad++, ...
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How can you make Excel 2007 stop formatting large numbers as scientific notation?

Kind of the inverse of this question. I frequently download CSVs from outside sources as part of my programming work. I like to examine their data in Excel because, let's face it, Excel is an ideal ...
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Sorting numerically in a comma-delimited file with Unix

I've got a comma-separated file that looks like this: 100,00869184 6492,8361 1234,31 200,04071 I want to use sort to sort this file numerically by the first column only. Desired Result: ...
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Looking for a very fast to load lightweight csv viewer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: light text editor for csv file? (on windows) I frequently need to open csv files just to have a look at what is inside and what its structure is. I also may need to find ...
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Saving filtered results from an Excel workbook to a CSV file

I have an Excel workbook with a lot of rows in it. I filter it using the values of one column and then I want to save the filtered results to a CSV file. When I do "Save as..." I get all the rows. I ...
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Transforming CSV file using sed

In order to be able to import some data into a certain tool, I have to transform a CSV file from this format "data","data","data data","data","123" into this format data;data;data data;data;123 ...
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How to control CSV import into Excel 2010

When I open CSV files in Excel 2010 I get entire rows in cells, not distributed according comma separation. How to control this?
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break up a large CSV file

I have a large CSV file (about 6,000 rows) that I want to break up into smaller CSV files (about 100 rows each). Is there an easy way to do that?
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How do I get excel to not mess around with the formatting of a .csv file

I have two issues with a csv file that occur when I try and edit it in Excel. I have an ISBN column that gets reformatted to scientific format every time I save the file The encoding for the file is ...
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Importing first line of TXT files to a spreadsheet

I have 2000 txt files that I need to read the first line of (it should contain a person's name). Ideally I would have a spreadsheet/csv with FILENAME, FIRST LINE OF FILE
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Difference between CSV and XLS files?

What are CSV and XLS(Microsoft or OpenOffice) files ? What is the main difference between these two files ?
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Light text editor for CSV file? [closed]

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 ...
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Why does excel always say “..may contain features that are not compatible with CSV” when saving a CSV file?

Every CSV I've ever tried to save from Excel (2010, anyway) says filename.csv may contain features that are not compatible with CSV (Comma delimited). Do you want to keep the workbook in this format?. ...
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What's the difference between - CSV (MS-Dos), CSV (Macintosh), CSV (comma delimited)

What's the difference between - CSV (MS-Dos), CSV (Macintosh), CSV (comma delimited) file types in excel 2010? They are all listed as a save file type, but ultimately are Comma Separated Value files.
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How do I get Excel to import a CSV file with commas in some of the content fields?

How do I get Excel to import my CSV file? File I have a file claiming to be CSV. It contains 10 fields, all of which are surrounded by double quotes (yes, even the dates and numbers.) 2 or 3 of ...
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Importing CSV into Excel with commas in quoted fields

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 ...
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Copy value in Open Office Calc

I have a handful of cells in several spreadsheets that contain =AVERAGE(<some range>) and when I try to copy them into another spreadsheet I just copy the function and get #REF!. Is there any ...
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Excel: Is there a registry setting to suppress the warning messages when saving spreadsheets in CSV format?

I work with many CSV files, and am constantly annoyed by the Excel dialog that pops up when I try to save a file: "[your spreadsheet] may contain features that are not compatible with CSV (Comma ...
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ODBC Query cannot be executed because it is too complex?

I have a CSV file which I am using as a database with LibreOffice DB. What I'm doing is explained in detail in this answer. I can do some operations, but when I try to enter the following into the ...
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How to stop Excel Treating US dates as UK dates?

I'm in the UK, I've got a problem where I've got a list of dates supplied in US format. Excel seems to treat the ones that are valid in both formats as UK dates, (e.g. 03/01/2012 becomes 3rd of ...
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Excel 2007 is converting CSV fields into formulas

I have a problem with a CSV file which has telephone numbers stored in their internationalized format (+1-800-555-1234). When opening this CSV in Excel 2007, it converts that data to a formula and ...
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Unix command-Line CSV viewer

Is there a convenient command-line csv viewer, possibly a unix tool or a mod of some tools (e.g. vim or python)? I find it easy to simply edit CSV files by writing it manually (since all you need to ...
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How to export multi-line cells to CSV file

I have an XSLX file where some rows have multiple lines, for example: test test1 test2 When I'm trying to export (using menu "Save As") this file as CSV or Excel workbook (1997-2003), Excel ...
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Transform Fixed Width to CSV?

I have a whole bunch of data files with different content but identical layout. I need to convert them to CSV before importing them into a CRM application. I usually open the tab-delimited file in ...
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Saving to CSV file always adds quotation marks in OpenOffice

I'm trying to use OpenOffice Calc for editing CSV files with TAB as delimiter. No matter what I do, Calc is insisting on adding quotation marks (") to the strings. If a cell content is number only, ...
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Excel 2007 doesn't preserve asian characters when converting to csv [duplicate]

I am trying to save a spreadsheet as a CSV file. The file consists of korean characters, and the resulting csv has those characters literally converted to question marks (0x3F). I am running on an ...
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Custom CSV (.csv) filter for OpenOffice.org or LibreOffice?

Is it possible to create a some kind of 'custom CSV filter' for OpenOffice.org or LibreOffice spreadsheet program. What I need is to have the program to use predefined CSV settings for loading and ...
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Why does Excel 'green tag' random cells in a csv file?

I have two CSV files, test_a.csv and test_b.csv. The green-tag info-box highlights "Inconsistent formula". Why does Excel green tag A4 in test_b.csv? How can I prevent Excel from green tagging my ...
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How to get Excel to interpret the comma as a default delimiter in CSV files?

I have a number of .csv files. Some of them are comma delimited, some are tab delimited (maybe they should be called .tsv ...) The csv extension gets associated with Excel when Excel is installed. ...
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Compare two spreadsheets and get missing records

I have 2 CSV documents. one has 10.000 rows with 50 columns, first row is a unique SKU. Now I have a second document with 9.500 rows using the same identifiers. I simply want to create a third ...
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Importing from a CSV modifies the number format into scientific notation (1,23E+18)

Suppose I have a following string in a .csv file which I am trying to open in Excel 2010: 1073741824;1073741824;1073751824;1073741832;1152921513196781569 However, when I actually open it, the value ...
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How to break a spreadsheet containing CSV into multiple columns?

I'm working on preparing data for export, and the client has put all of the data into a spreadsheet. Each field of data should be its own column. The problem is that the client erroneously put ...
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Space or tabs as separator in CSV

I usually put "sep=," or "sep=;" as first line on my csv files so i can easily open them with excel. But is there a way to use this with space and tab separated files?
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Convert Large HTML Table to CSV

I've got some data (basic personal details) which I need to export from an old legacy system to a newer system (MySQL DB). It's approximately 200MB split across 6 files. The system I'm exporting from ...
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How do I export only visible cells from Excel to CSV?

I am running Excel 2010. At the top of my spreadsheet I have about 10 hidden rows. When I export to CSV, how do I export only visible cells?