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Using Win XP; MS Office Prof 2003; OpenOffice 3.1
When trying to open a particular (phone usage) .csv file into Excel, although the individual items (phone calls) are in their own row, all the data relating to these are in one column, not in separate columns as expected.
I have tried using tab separated only, comma only, tab and comma but always with the same outcome.
This same .csv file opens fine in OpenOffice Calc, thus I can filter, manipulate etc
Are there some settings somewhere I should be checking. Apparently the file opens perfectly in 'ibilling', of course!!!
Thanks to anyone who can shed light on this.
Taff, thanks for your response and I appreciate what you say.
I have, in fact, kept it in Calc but could copy to Excel if I need different functions.
However, now, it's a challenge! Excel should be able to open .csv files, the file is seemingly ok so I am keen to get to the bottom of this.
Maybe it's something I'm not doing or maybe there are some settings, or something in the installation of the program.
Does anyone have any ideas, please?
Yes it should open in Excel, certainly does in Excel 2002. Try right clicking the file in Windows Explorer and choose "Open With" and select Excel - any different?
Thanks again but unfortunately that doesn't work either. I had tried that but have just tried again, with same result. I have just been trying 'all which ways' I can think of, hence the time to respond!
I can only get this file open, into columns as it should open, by going via (new worksheet) Data->Imported Ext Data->Imp Data->Select File->Opens Text Import Wizard; Then I need - Delimited checked; Comma ticked; Text Qualifier->None; tab can be either, Consec Delim leave unticked.
Also, having copy/pasted the column with all data into Word, saving as text file, I can also open into approprate columns by going via Data->Imp Ext Data, ticking 'comma' but can leave Text Qual to ".
I have tried all and sundry that I can think of, but this seems to be the only way.
Does this suggest my installation, or settings, of Excel are not right. Maybe I should reinstall Office, perhaps?
Previously, but not necessarily on this installation, .csv files have just 'opened', without problem.
thanks again for any help with this
It's really bugging me!!! ;)
Select the data in the column in Excel, Data > Text to Columns > select Delimited and follow the prompts.
Thanks, that's certainly an easier way to get the data into columns!
However, shouldn't Excel be able to open .csv files straight off, without all this?
I'm still wondering if there is something amiss with my installation?
Try right clicking on the CSV file , select open with, and select Excel.
This should open it directly into Excel instead of having to convert it from Open Office Calc first.
Thanks for your suggestion.
Yes, I agree this should work but, unfortunately, isn't the solution.
The .csv file will open but not in separate columns as they should do, hence having to use 'alternative' measures.
More detailed reasons etc are in a previous reply to Taff on Sat, 14.17hrs - yes a bit of a longer post where I maybe didn't explain very well! :)
Again, Terry, thanks for your input. It's appreciated.
If anyone has any other suggestions as to why the .csv file won't open in separate columns, I would really appreciate hearing them.
Try opening Excel, going to DATA then importing External data.
This may work.
Seems I have learnt 101 ways to swing a cat -oops! - open a csv file. ;)
Very grateful for all responses
Thx again, J
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