When creating a CSV file from an XLSX workbook with the new Excel for Windows 8, I get a file filled with semicolons instead of colons.

How can I change that? I even had to reopen the file with Wordpad to find out why my file could not be exported to a data management program.

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    What's the new excel? 2013? – Raystafarian Nov 8 '13 at 0:06

Your Windows regional settings are set to use semi-colons instead of commas as the list seperator symbol. You'll have to re-configure those in order to force Excel to use colons instead of semi-colons.

Check out this page to find out how to do that: http://www.rawcomputing.co.uk/windows8/windows-8-tip12.html The list seperator symbol should be configurable on the window that pops up when clicking the "Additional settings..." button on the "Region" window.

  • Note, that in newer Excel versions you can change the list separator right from within your Excel options – nixda Nov 7 '13 at 22:05
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    Oh? I'm using Excel 2013 and just scrolled through the options without finding any option. Where exactly can you configure the list separator symbol in my version? – Hauke P. Nov 8 '13 at 9:30
  • Sorry, I may have confused thousands separator with list separator – nixda Nov 8 '13 at 10:24
  • Okay, yes. I found that option as well. What I didn't find was an option for list seperators though. – Hauke P. Nov 8 '13 at 15:43
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    This change will also affect Opening of CSV files in Excel and possibly more windows programs. If you want to make more compatible CSV file, put sep=, on top of the CSV file, then once you save the file, you can change List Separator back to whatever it was. – papo Dec 30 '15 at 3:11

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