What is a CSV file?

CSV stands for "comma-separated values", a specific format of spreadsheet file you can export from most spreadsheet-editing software (like Excel, Numbers, or Google Sheets).

To export a CSV spreadsheet from Microsoft Excel:

  1. Open the file you want to save
  2. Click File and select Save As
  3. Click the arrow in the Save as type box and pick "CSV"
  4. Click Save to complete the process and produce a .CSV version of your file

To export a CSV spreadsheet from Apple Numbers:

  1. Open the file you want to save
  2. Click File and select Export
  3. Click CSV
  4. Do not change the Text Encoding drop-down box, click Next
  5. Click Save to complete the process and produce a .CSV version of your file

To export a CSV spreadsheet from Google Sheets:

  1. Open the file you want to save
  2. Click File and select Download as
  3. Choose Comma-separated values as your format
  4. The .CSV version of your file will be downloaded by your browser immediately

 

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