CSV is a file format that stores various types of data saved in character-separated text sets, typically with a comma character, hence the format’s name - Comma Separated Value. CSV standard is defined in RFC 4180. Data records are separated using new line character, while record values are commonly enclosed in double-quote characters. First line in CSV file contains field names, although CSV specification doesn’t define its header structure. Record fields may be separated using:
CSV files are used for storing, importing, and exporting data in well-defined, platform-independent format. As the choice of separator character is unrestricted, it can sometimes cause issues during conversion, therefore data import wizards or filters must offer an option to configure the separator to be used, as is the case with various office-type applications. Most programming languages offer a dedicated libraries designed for importing and man a ging CSV files.
The following list contains programs grouped by 4 operating systems that support CSV files. Files with CSV suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.
Being unable to open files with CSV extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with CSV extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with CSV files.
Problems with opening and working with CSV files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with CSV files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install Microsoft Excel or one to the listed programs: Apache OpenOffice, Microsoft Works, LibreOffice. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support CSV files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. If you want to download Microsoft Excel installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Microsoft Corporation website and download from their official repositories.
You still cannot access CSV files although Microsoft Excel is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why CSV files are not compatible with Microsoft Excel. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Microsoft Excel.
After installing Microsoft Excel (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open CSV files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.
The procedure to change the default program in Windows
The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS
If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the CSV file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.
Should it happed that the CSV is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the scanner detected that the CSV file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.
If you obtained the problematic CSV file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. If the CSV file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.
Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Comma Separated Values Format file again.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support CSV files. Close all running programs and try opening the CSV file.
Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Comma Separated Values Format file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle CSV files.
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