ECSV File Extension

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Encapsulated Comma Separated Value

What is ECSV file?

ECSV filename suffix is mostly used for Encapsulated Comma Separated Value files. ECSV files are supported by software applications available for devices running Linux, Mac OS, Windows. ECSV file format, along with 90 other file formats, belongs to the Spreadsheet Files category. The most popular program for handling ECSV files is Microsoft Excel, but users can choose among 3 different programs that support this file format. On the official website of Microsoft Corporation developer not only will you find detailed information about theMicrosoft Excel software, but also about ECSV and other supported file formats.

Programs which support ECSV file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open ECSV files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. Files with ECSV extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Programs that support ECSV file

How to open file with ECSV extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening ECSV files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with ECSV files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Install Microsoft Excel software

Problems with opening and working with ECSV files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with ECSV files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Microsoft Excel or different compatible program, such as TextEdit, gedit, NotePad++ text editor. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support ECSV files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading Microsoft Excel installed is by going to developer’s website (Microsoft Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Update Microsoft Excel to the latest version

You still cannot access ECSV files although Microsoft Excel is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. If you have an older version of Microsoft Excel installed, it may not support ECSV format. The latest version of Microsoft Excel should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate Encapsulated Comma Separated Value files with Microsoft Excel

If you have the latest version of Microsoft Excel installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage ECSV on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the ECSV file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Microsoft Excel is installed, check the Always use this app to open ECSV files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • Right-click the ECSV file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with ECSV extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Ensure that the ECSV file is complete and free of errors

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the ECSV file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. Verify that the ECSV in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the ECSV is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. ECSV file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Verify that the ECSV file’s structure is intact

Did you receive the ECSV file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. When downloading the file with ECSV extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Microsoft Excel

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with ECSV extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Encapsulated Comma Separated Value files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the ECSV files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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