Is there a way to create a CSV file from an Excel one, but with a delimiter other than comma?

I tried changing Windows parameters. In Windows Control Panel -> Click, Language & Region -> formats parameters panel, I set the delimiter I wanted and then created the CSV file. That didn't work.

Specifically, I'm looking for a way to force the French version (Excel 2007) to export CSV with comma delimiter instead of semicolon.

Do you have any ideas?


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List separator set in Language & Region settings will not work if you have Decimal Separator set to same character.

So if you have , set as decimal separator set there - you cannot have , as list separator and Excel will use default ;.

You have to use . as decimal separator or write some macro that will save your document in desired format.

  • I need the decimal separator to stay comma, because there are some decimals in the CSV. So ideally, I need the CSV to be generated with a comma delimiter and with all columns being surrounded by " " (to escape the decimals separator which is comma). I believe a macro is the quickest way to do this. The problem is: I've never created a macro before ... ;)
    – yo_haha
    Nov 26, 2014 at 16:11
  • @yo_haha So you need a macro that will build whole CSV content.
    – Kamil
    Nov 26, 2014 at 18:04
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    @yo_haha If you don't want to mess up with macros - maybe save your file with default settings and modify it by some external tool (there are many CSV converters).
    – Kamil
    Nov 26, 2014 at 18:59
  • I'll try CSV converters before the macros :) Thanks
    – yo_haha
    Nov 27, 2014 at 8:11
  • Do you've got in mind the name of some converter that allows delimiter changing?
    – yo_haha
    Nov 27, 2014 at 8:20

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