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CSV, or Comma-separated values file, was created to save information in tabular format. In a nutshell, it’s a plain text document with a list of certain data. This type of document simplifies the process of exchanging data between different applications.

CSV and its technical details

As the name implies, these files in most cases use a comma to separate data. Sometimes other characters. A semicolon can also be used instead of a comma. Any spreadsheet program (e.g. Microsoft Excel) is suitable for CSV files. The main difference is that in this file type only a single sheet can be in a file at a time and it’s impossible to save a column or a row. Formulas can’t be saved here either.

The structure of this file type is rather simple: a list of data separated by comma characters. A more complicated structure would contain a huge number of lines, long strings of text, or more entries.

Since it’s a plain text, it’s easier to be imported into any spreadsheet regardless of the software. Moreover, the format is safe because it makes a clear distinction between words and numeric values. The information is stored as it is without any manipulations. And finally, this document form can be opened with any editor in Windows.

File extension
csv
Internet media type
Multi-platform, serial data streams
Programs that use this format
Microsoft Excel
Apache OpenOffice Calc
Google Drive
Apple Numbers
LibreOffice Calc
Developer
Microsoft
Video instructions and help with filling out and completing CSV File Format

Instructions and Help about CSV File Format

So there are some times when you're going to want to create a CSV or comma separated values file a lot of times there will be websites that will ask for this especially when you're uploading a class list for example you might be trying to use the website grade cam and it's asking you to come up with a CSV file for each class first thing you're going to want to do is get an excel file of your class hopefully whatever student management software you're using can generate this file for you once you create a file just like this sample file here you're going to want to delete all the extra information so for example in my situation all I need is ID number last name and first name I don't need any of these columns right here so what I'm going to do is I'm going to click on the top column right here right on that letter d and you can see here that when I get up to that spot my pointer turns into an arrow from AK across to an arrow so I'm going to click on that then I'm going to hold down the shift button and go all the way over to the last column that I want to delete click on that as well now I've highlighted everything what you're going to do now is again on one of these letters of top making sure you have that downward facing arrow you're going to right click on here if you are on a Mac sometimes you might need to click ctrl click if you don't have right-click enabled then I'm going to scroll down to delete now they're all gone I also have this row right here I want to get rid of same thing I'm going to go over to the number again I have the arrow I'm going to click on it right click and delete now I'm ready to save this file so I'm going to go up to file click Save as and then you want to choose the format that says comma separated values or CSV once you do that choose where you want to save it give it a name and click Save it'll ask you if you are sure you want to continue just say yes and then you're all done and now you have your CSV file ready to be uploaded to whatever site you need it thanks for watching and don't forget to check out all of my tips at the tech savvy science teacher blog spot.com thank you.

FAQ

What is a CSV file vs Excel?
CSV and Excel or xls are two different types of file extensions which both contain data in them, the difference between the both is that in CSV or comma-separated values the data is in text format separated by commas while in excel or Xls data is in tabular format or we say in rows and columns and in CSV file extension ...
Can I convert Excel file to CSV?
Save an Excel spreadsheet as a CSV fileIn your Excel spreadsheet, click File.Click Save As.Click Browse to choose where you want to save your file.Select "CSV" from the "Save as type" drop-down menu.Click Save.Aug 11, 2021
Is a CSV file an Excel file?
The difference between CSV and XLS file formats is that CSV format is a plain text format in which values are separated by commas (Comma Separated Values), while XLS file format is an Excel Sheets binary file format which holds information about all the worksheets in a file, including both content and formatting.
Which is better CSV or Excel?
Excel is more superior when compared with the CSV file format; thus, CSV consumes less amount of file size when the user is importing data; it is a much faster format compared to excel. CSV does not manipulate data and stores it as-is. Excel also allows the user the add-in feature.
What program creates CSV files?
You can create a CSV file with programs that include Excel, Google Sheets and OpenOffice Calc, as well as simple word processing programs like Notepad.
How do I create a CSV file from Excel?
Steps to convert content from a TXT or CSV file into ExcelOpen the Excel spreadsheet where you want to save the data and click the Data tab.In the Get External Data group, click From Text.Select the TXT or CSV file you want to convert and click Import.Select "Delimited". ... Click Next.More items...•May 4, 2021
How is a CSV file different from Excel?
The difference between CSV and XLS file formats is that CSV format is a plain text format in which values are separated by commas (Comma Separated Values), while XLS file format is an Excel Sheets binary file format which holds information about all the worksheets in a file, including both content and formatting.
How do I format a CSV file in Excel?
To format in Microsoft Excel, do the following.Open Microsoft Excel.Click File > New Workbook in Excel's top toolbar.Click From Text in the Data tab.Select the desired . ... Click Get Data.Select the radio button next to Delimited in the Text Import Wizard.Click Next.Select the appropriate Delimiters.More items...•7 days ago
How do I create a CSV file format?
Save a workbook to text format (. txt or . csv)Open the workbook you want to save.Click File > Save As.Pick the place where you want to save the workbook.In the Save As dialog box, navigate to the location you want.Click the arrow in the Save as type box and pick the type of text or CSV file format you want.More items...
Can I create my own CSV file?
Creating a CSV file A CSV is a text file, so it can be created and edited using any text editor. More frequently, however, a CSV file is created by exporting (File > Export) a spreadsheet or database in the program that created it.