I am running excel and would like to export my file as a .scsv (semi-colon separated values) sheet instead of a .csv. Is there any way to do this?
ps. I can't do a .csv and search and replace commas with semi-colons because the fields contain commas already.
How about doing Tab Delimited and replacing the tabs with semi-colons?
In excel: File -> Save As -> in Format select "Tab Delimited Text (.txt)" then his save.
Open the file in notepad and open the replace window. Since you can't tab directly into this window, copy a tab from your document and then paste it into the Find box and put your ; into the replace box. Then replace all.
I assume this would work because it is very rare to have tabs within an excel document.
I don't think you can set output separator directly in Excel, but (assuming Windows) you could change OS list separator to
; - that's done in
Regional Settings->Customize. Excel will use that setting outputing your csv files.
If you would like a script, paste the following in a module.
Option Explicit Sub export2scsv() Dim lastColumn As Integer Dim lastRow As Integer Dim strString As String Dim i As Integer, j As Integer lastColumn = ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Column - 1 + ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Columns.Count lastRow = ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Rows(ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Rows.Count).Row Open "output.scsv" For Output As #1 For i = 1 To lastRow Cells(i, 1).Select strString = "" For j = 1 To lastColumn If j <> lastColumn Then strString = strString & Cells(i, j).Value & ";" ' Use semicolon instead of pipe. Else strString = strString & Cells(i, j).Value End If Next j Print #1, strString Next i Close #1 End Sub
1.> Change File format to .CSV (semicolon delimited)
To achieve the desired result we need to temporary change the delimiter setting in the Excel Options.
Move to File -> Options -> Advanced -> Editing Section
Uncheck the “Use system separators” setting and put a comma in the “Decimal Separator” field.
Now save the file in the .CSV format and it will be saved in the semicolon delimited format !!!
I use in simple way:-
You can change the separator globally through Customize Format.
Browse to Region & language, open Region, on tabsheet Formats click the button Additional Settings, and on tabsheet Numbers change the value for List separator:
To change comma to semicolon as the default Excel separator for CSV - go to Region -> Additional Settings -> Numbers tab -> List separator and type ; instead of the default ,
If your list of values is in column A, try this -- Cell B2 =A1&";"&A2 Cell B3 =B2&";"&A3 Copy cell B3 to the bottom of your list. If you copy and paste the last cell in your list as values, you will then have your semi-colon separated list. You can then copy that into Notepad, Word, or wherever you so desire.
Use LibreOffice Calc (it's a free download, and works on all major operating systems).
To save to semi-colon separated values:
LO Calc will correctly handle commas and semi-colons in cell values.
You can do this easily in 4 steps with Excel's concatenate function.
1) In your file, add a column of semicolon characters where you would expect them to land in a CSV export.
2) start a new column at the end of your data and in the first row, use the =concatenate() function. Be sure to select all the cells you want to appear in the final file. Your formula will look something like =concatenate(A1,A2,A3...)
3) Copy and paste the resulting formula down through all the rows of data.
4) Select the whole column of formulas and Paste Special > Values into the neighboring column. Now you have all your data delimited by semicolons.
Finally, export to your file format of choice. If you export this as .TXT in Windows you can simply change the file extension to .CSV because both are plain text formats.