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How to save, export multiple/all sheets to separate csv or text files in Excel?

When using Excel, you can manually save a worksheet as a csv or text file by using the Save As function. However, to convert multiple or all worksheets in a workbook to separated csv or text files, how can you do? In this article, we will show you methods to save or convert multiple or all sheets to separated csv or text files.

Save, export or convert all sheets to csv or text file with VBA code
Save, export or convert multiple/all sheets to csv or text file with Kutools for Excel


Save, export or convert all sheets to csv or text file with VBA code

With the below VBA codes, you can save all worksheets in a workbook to separated csv or text files. Please do as follows.

Export or convert all sheets to csv files

1. Press Alt + F11 keys simultaneously to open the Microsoft Visual Basic Application window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic Application window, click Insert > Module. Then copy and paste the following code into the Module window.

VBA code: Export all sheets to separated csv files

Sub ExportSheetsToCSV()
	Dim xWs As Worksheet
	Dim xcsvFile As String
	For Each xWs In Application.ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets
		xWs.Copy
		xcsvFile = CurDir & "\" & xWs.Name & ".csv"
		Application.ActiveWorkbook.SaveAs Filename: = xcsvFile, _
		FileFormat: = xlCSV, CreateBackup: = False
		Application.ActiveWorkbook.Saved = True
		Application.ActiveWorkbook.Close
	Next
End Sub

3. Press the F5 key to run the code. You will see all exported csv files are located on the Documents folder. See screenshot:

Export or convert all sheets to Text files

The following code can help you to export or convert all sheets in workbook to separated Text files.

VBA code: Export all sheets to separated Text files

Sub ExportSheetsToText()
	Dim xWs As Worksheet
	Dim xTextFile As String
	For Each xWs In Application.ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets
		xWs.Copy
		xTextFile = CurDir & "\" & xWs.Name & ".txt"
		Application.ActiveWorkbook.SaveAs Filename: = xTextFile, FileFormat: = xlText
		Application.ActiveWorkbook.Saved = True
		Application.ActiveWorkbook.Close
	Next
End Sub

The exported Text files are also located on the Documents folder. See screenshot:


Save, export or convert multiple/all sheets to csv or text file with Kutools for Excel

You can quickly export or convert multiple or all sheets to individual csv files, text files or xls files format in Excel with the Split Workbook utility of Kutools for Excel.

Before applying Kutools for Excel, please download and install it firstly.

1. Click Kutools Plus > Workbook > Split Workbook. See screenshot:

2. In the Split Workbook dialog box:

  • 1). If you want to convert all sheets to csv or text files, just keep all sheet names checked in the Worksheet name box; If you just want to convert multiple sheets, keep checking them and going to uncheck other sheets you don’t want to convert.
  • 2). In the Options section, check the Save as type box and then select Unicode Text(*.txt) or CSV (Macintosh)(*.csv) from the drop-down list.
  • 3). Click the Split button.

3. In the Browse For Folder dialog box, specify a folder to save the exported files, and then click the OK button.

Now all sheets or specified sheets are converted to separated csv or text files, and locate on the folder as you specified above.

  If you want to have a free trial ( 30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


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Is there any way to have the CSV files save to a folder other than the Documents folder?
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[quote]Is there any way to have the CSV files save to a folder other than the Documents folder?By Alex K123456789[/quote] I haven't tested it, but I'm pretty the "\" in this line stands for the working directory: xcsvFile = CurDir & "\" & xWs.Name & ".csv" If you want to change the working directory, you'll have to add another command. If you want to save it to a folder within the working directory, say in a folder called new you just replace "\" with "\New\". Something along those lines.
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Thank you very much Paul. I wound up figuring it out a little while back, but your solution is exactly what I did.
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Nice! Thanks for the reply, it also means a lot to me to know that my solution is the correct one. Cheers!
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Hi Alex, Could you show me the line of code you entered in place of the "\" please? I need to be able to save these .csv files to a location on our network rather than in my local WS library. We need to allow our Customer Service people to be able to access the file and rename the location each time it is used. I encounter bug problems with simply changing "\" to "\New\" (the VBA code does work as expected when copied straight from the info above). I am not code saavy, but I can follow directions fairly well, so any help is appreciated!
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[quote]Hi Alex, Could you show me the line of code you entered in place of the "\" please? I need to be able to save these .csv files to a location on our network rather than in my local WS library. We need to allow our Customer Service people to be able to access the file and rename the location each time it is used. I encounter bug problems with simply changing "\" to "\New\" (the VBA code does work as expected when copied straight from the info above). I am not code saavy, but I can follow directions fairly well, so any help is appreciated!By Dawn[/quote] Hi Dawn, I wound up having to re-write portions and like Paul suggested, used a slightly different command. Below is the command I wrote to refresh the data in my workbook from our Data Warehouse, then refresh pivot tables and ultimately save one of the sheets as a PDF to my drive: ActiveWorkbook.RefreshAll Sheets("Karth").Select Range("B22").Select ActiveSheet.PivotTables("Karth_Appd_Wkly").PivotCache.Refresh Sheets("Start").Select Sheets("Karth").ExportAsFixedFormat Type:=xlTypePDF, Filename:= _ "K:\K\Analytics\Reports\Sales\SM Reports\SM Summary_Karth.pdf" _ , Quality:=xlQualityStandard, IncludeDocProperties:=True, IgnorePrintAreas _ :=False, OpenAfterPublish:=False End Sub
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Hi, thank you for the code, is it possible to skip some sheets and only save a few? I've got no idea how I should start. Could you help me? Nicolas
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Thanks for the macros, they were just what I needed. However, using "CurDir" to build the output filepath is very dangerous as it is not necessarily the folder of the Excel file that was opened - it is generally the current folder in explorer so your files could end up getting written practically anywhere. You should use Application.ThisWorkbook.Path instead.
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I'm writing to determine if your application can convert multiple xls sheets to one text file and how it would order the rows. I need to have an option to order the rows in order of appearance, one line at a time one sheet at a time. Sheet 1, row 1; sheet 2, row 1, sheet 3, row1, etc. I look forward to your feedback.
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Hi, Thanks for the code, I just have a small clarification. Currently when the CSV file generates it's delimited by comma ",". even though my system setting is for CSV the delimited should be pipe "|". Not sure why the CSV is generated with comma delimiter with the above code. Is there a way i can explicitly define the delimiter for the CSV file. Looking for your reply soonest. Thank. Regards, Amit
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hello alex please could you display the code to save the files in csv format except the documents folder
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hi i need a macro which convert pipe "|" separated csv into xlsx asking folder name not a single file. i need it on urgent basis.


Regards,
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Sorry can't solve this problem
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I need a macro to convert all the tabs in a excel file to different set of files.
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Good Day,
Which files do you want to include in your "different set of files"?
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1) I have a workbook with multiple sheets in it.
2) Those multiple sheets are having multiple columns.
3) I have one column in each sheet which is concatenation of all the other columns.
4) Now, I want to extract that concatenated column to a text file with the same name as sheet name.
5) The way I want is I just press one button and it should look for all the tabs, extract that column (say concatenated column is AA) from each sheet, put that into a text file, name the text file same as sheet name and store in some directory on my desktop say H drive.
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Good Day,
Sorry can’t help with this, you can post your question in our forum: https://www.extendoffice.com/forum.html to get more Excel supports from our professional.
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A, I see now that the line "VBA code: Export all sheets to separated csv files" should not be copied into the code area. Perhaps that can be more explicit for newbies, and for people who follow instructions explicitly.
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Hi Ken,
That's the description line of the code. The line "Sub ExportSheetsToCSV()" should be the first line of the code.
I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
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Thanks - script very useful
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Superb solution.....Its saved my time.......Thank you
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If you just want to convert multiple sheets, keep checking them and going to uncheck other sheets you don’t want to convert
sir for thuis step do you have macro
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Good day,
Can't help with VBA code for this. Why not try the Split Workbook utility we provide in the post? It will save your time and you will love it.
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Hello,
thank you so much for a great macro, it works like a charm! But I have a question, what if I would like to save this macro (CSV version) on PERSONAL.xlsb as to make it available on any excel instance?

When I try, CurDir takes the PERSONAL directory, instead of the active worksheet one...

Thank you for any help!
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Hi Mirko,
Method in this article can do you a favor: https://trumpexcel.com/personal-macro-workbook/.
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Is there a way to use this code to export only a certain range to a .csv file of each sheet in a book?
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Hi,
The VBA code in this article may do you a favor: https://www.extendoffice.com/documents/excel/2897-excel-export-range-to-csv.html
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So, this is great! BUT, what if I need to split a workbook into .csv but for PC, not MAC? If anyone has a way of doing it, please help me out. I will be very grateful.
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Hi,
The first VBA code in this post can do you a favor.
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how would I change the code to have it save in a different file format such as an xlsx? or ASCII.
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Thanks! I used this to save all the sheets of my .xlsx file into differents .xlsx
Sub ExportSheetsToXLSX()
Dim xWs As Worksheet
Dim xcsvFile As String
For Each xWs In Application.ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets
xWs.Copy
xlsxFile = CurDir & "\" & xWs.Name & ".xlsx"
Application.ActiveWorkbook.SaveAs Filename:=xlsxFile, _
FileFormat:=xlOpenXMLWorkbook, CreateBackup:=False
Application.ActiveWorkbook.Saved = True
Application.ActiveWorkbook.Close
Next
End Sub
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Hi, thanks for the great code it is awesome(Export all sheets to separated Text files)! Used it on many occasions but ran into a file where it won't work, debugger says runtime error 1004 and that method copy of a worksheet failed and marks line xWs.Copy. Is there any rule concerning a worksheet name that would not allow code to run?
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Hi, thanks for the great code (Export all sheets to separated Text files), using it a lot. Just ran into a workbook where it won't work, debugger says line xWs.Copy is problem, popup says method copy of a workbook failed. Is there any restrictions concerning a worksheet name or something similar, like no merged cells etc..?

Thanks for a reply :)
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HI BI,
Does your worksheet contain a pivot table? Can you provide us with your data for tesing? If you don't mind, upload your sample file here.
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