I just opened a CSV file in LibreOffice, made a small change and hit save, saying "yes, keep using CSV". The file is now filled with tabs instead of commas. My scripts (using Python's CSV lib) won't read it and I have go out of my way to replace tabs with commas.

Just to be clear: a CSV file by very definition uses commas, otherwise it'd be a TSV file, right?

Is there some option in LibreOffice I can set to make it use commas when writing CSV files?


For some users (thoses using KDE), the "edit filter settings" box is gray. A workaround is to use Openoffice dialogs. Tools > Options > LibreOffice > General > Open/Save dialogs > Use LibreOffice dialogsenter image description here Then you will be able to choose the field delimiter wanted.enter image description here That bug was reported here : https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=72187


When you export a CSV file, go to File > Save As, select Text CSV as file type and then go to Edit filter settings.

In this dialog you can select the cell delimiter and change it from Tab to a comma.

  • Under "file->export", there's only xhtml and pdf. In "file->save as" there's csv but the checkbox for "Edit filter settings" is greyed out and no further related dialogue boxes show. – jozxyqk Feb 15 '14 at 12:44
  • There should be "Text CSV" as depicted here: csvimproved.com/images/tutorials/libreoffice_saveas.png — it's also explained on the LibreOffice wiki: help.libreoffice.org/Calc/Importing_and_Exporting_CSV_Files – slhck Feb 15 '14 at 12:51
  • I have that window, unfortunately my "Edit filter settings" is disabled just like your "Save with password". I can only guess there's some conflicting option somewhere. I'll keep trying, but thanks for your time!! – jozxyqk Feb 15 '14 at 13:05
  • You don't export to csv, you save as csv – jojman Jan 17 '19 at 13:18

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