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How to quickly convert csv file to columns in Excel?

To convert CSV file to Excel columns, actually, you can handle it through three different methods. In this article, I will talk about these three methods for you.

Open CSV file in Excel

Insert CSV file in Excel


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Open CSV file in Excel

The most usually used method must be opening CSV file directly through Excel.

1. Click File > Open > Browse to select a CSV file from a folder, remember to choose All Files in the drop-down list next to File name box. See screenshot:
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2. Click Open, and the CSV file has been opened in the Excel.

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Note:

But sometimes, there are some data with special formats such as the leading zeros in the CSV file, these special formats may be lost if the CSV file is opening through Excel as below screenshot shown. In this case, you need to use below method.

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Insert CSV file in Excel

To keep the format of the contents CSV file, you can use the From Text utility to import the CSV file.

1. Select a cell which you will insert the CSV file and click Data > From Text. See screenshot:
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2. In the Import Text File dialog, select a file you need to import. See screenshot:
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3. Click Import, and a dialog of Text Import Wizard opens, check Delimited option and click Next to go to step 2 of the Wizard, and then check Comma. See screenshot:

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4. Click Next and select the column with special formats in the Data preview and check a format for it in Column data format section, then one by one to format the columns, also, you can skip the columns you do not need by checking the Do not Import column (skip) option. See screenshot:

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5. Click Finish and select a place to output the result. See screenshot:
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6. Click OK. Now the CSV file has been inserted.

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