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    How to properly edit a csv file

    Hello,

    I have various csv file in which a lot of columns have numbers starting with 0 (009 or 00231231 or whatever else). If I open the csv file directly, automatically it cuts all the zero in front of that number. If I made any changes to this file and I save back the file, I lose the formatting for all the numbers starting with 0.

    The only solution I know it is to create an xlsx file and import the csv file and during the import to set as string these columns. But this operation generates a table and a query. I do not want this.

    I would like to modify directly the csv file if possible.

    In my specific case, what I would like to achieve is to delete various columns from the csv file before and then import the truncated file in excel with the data import function.

    How to do it?

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    Re: How to properly edit a csv file

    If you want to delete columns, then probably the Power Query is the best option within Excel.

    Looking outside Excel, probably an easy one would be to use a pure text editor, which allows rectangular selection (most like Notepad don't have this). For instance: Notepad++ see https://notepad-plus-plus.org/
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    Re: How to properly edit a csv file

    Have you tried copying and pasting?

    Can you provide a small sample .csv file for us to test (desensitised)?
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    Re: How to properly edit a csv file

    Hello,

    attached you can find a small example. The first two columns must be text in order to be seen correctly.

    The third one, you can see how the code will look right (if you concatenate the first two).
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    Re: How to properly edit a csv file

    Have you tried just opening the .csv in Excel (not importing) and using Text to Columns on the Data ribbon? Select TEXT in the final dialog.
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    Re: How to properly edit a csv file

    It does not work. First you can chose only one column. It returns me error if I chose more columns. Second it adds only a ' as symbol in front of the number

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    Re: How to properly edit a csv file

    It works on the sample file you provided, as I proved. I can't comment on anything other than that.

    Perhaps if you provide a more realistic sample file, we might be able to offer more targeted help.

    Please don't forget 'thank you', even if a suggested solution doesn't work. People are giving of their own time freely to help you.

    First you can chose only one column.
    There is only one column in your sample .csv file. Did you OPEN the file or IMPORT it? You need to do the former (OPEN).
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    Re: How to properly edit a csv file

    Hello, and thank you in advance

    If you can see only one column is probably because in the windows setting the delimiter is not ";"

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    Re: How to properly edit a csv file

    I am not importing the .csv - I am opening it directly. That's the difference.

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    Re: How to properly edit a csv file

    I am not telling that you are importing the file. I am speaking about the windows regional setting. Depending on the region you are, the separator in the regional setting is different. My file was created using the regional setting set on my pc that probably is different from what you have on your computer.

    Follow this to check :

    Close the Excel application
    Click on the Windows/Start button
    Select Control Panel
    Select Region and Language
    Click on Formats Tab
    Click on Additional Settings
    Locate the List separator
    set ";" as separetor

    After that open again the csv and you will see all the columns.

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    Re: How to properly edit a csv file

    OK - I can't help you, sorry. Good luck.

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    Re: How to properly edit a csv file

    Thank you anyway

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    Re: How to properly edit a csv file

    Hello,

    with power query what I can do is to import the csv in the excel file. Delete/edit the columns that I want. Then save the file as csv. Unfortunatelly the original csv file was generated using utf8 format. Excell automatically convert the file to cyrillic format (in the file there are cyrillic fonts). So it is not the best solution.

    I am already using notepad++ as editor. It is very powerful. I check for rectangular selection as you suggested me as well as column selection..unfortunatelly I didn't find a way to make it work.
    The rectancular selection is ok if the columns have the same lenght. If the data in every record/row of a specified column has different lenght, the rectangular selection cuts some text or viceversa add additional test from the nearby column. Do you have any idea how to deal with it?

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    Re: How to properly edit a csv file

    I had a similar problem.
    First I used power query to transform the data. After that, used VBA to open notepad and copy-paste the information and then save it with the encoding that you need.
    Look for information about "Open Filename For Output As #1" in VBA. In my case I needed to create 400 csv/txt files so it was a loop that filtered information and then created the file in utf8 format

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