How to batch convert multiple Excel files to CSV files in Excel?

In Excel, we can convert the workbook to CSV file with the Save as function, but could you know how to batch convert multiple Excel files to separate CSV files? In this article, I introduce a VBA code to batch convert all Excel files in a folder to CSV files in Excel.

Batch convert Excel files of a folder to CSV files with VBA

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Batch convert Excel files of a folder to CSV files with VBA

In Excel, there is no built-in function can solve this job quickly except VBA.

1. Enable Excel, and press Alt + F11 keys open Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module to create a new Module.

3. Copy below code and paste them to the new Module window.

VBA: Batch convert Excel files to CSV

Sub WorkbooksSaveAsCsvToFolder()
'UpdatebyExtendoffice20181031
Dim xObjWB As Workbook
Dim xObjWS As Worksheet
Dim xStrEFPath As String
Dim xStrEFFile As String
Dim xObjFD As FileDialog
Dim xObjSFD As FileDialog
Dim xStrSPath As String
Dim xStrCSVFName As String

    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    Application.EnableEvents = False
    Application.Calculation = xlCalculationManual
    On Error Resume Next
Set xObjFD = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFolderPicker)
    xObjFD.AllowMultiSelect = False
    xObjFD.Title = "Kutools for Excel - Select a folder which contains Excel files"
    If xObjFD.Show <> -1 Then Exit Sub
    xStrEFPath = xObjFD.SelectedItems(1) & "\"

    Set xObjSFD = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFolderPicker)

    xObjSFD.AllowMultiSelect = False
    xObjSFD.Title = "Kutools for Excel - Select a folder to locate CSV files"
    If xObjSFD.Show <> -1 Then Exit Sub
    xStrSPath = xObjSFD.SelectedItems(1) & "\"

    xStrEFFile = Dir(xStrEFPath & "*.xls*")

    Do While xStrEFFile <> ""
        Set xObjWB = Workbooks.Open(Filename:=xStrEFPath & xStrEFFile)
        xStrCSVFName = xStrSPath & Left(xStrEFFile, InStr(1, xStrEFFile, ".") - 1) & ".csv"
        xObjWB.SaveAs Filename:=xStrCSVFName, FileFormat:=xlCSV
        xObjWB.Close savechanges:=False
        xStrEFFile = Dir
  Loop
    Application.Calculation = xlCalculationAutomatic
    Application.EnableEvents = True
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

4. Press F5 key, select the folder contains the Excel files you want to convert to CSV files in first popping dialog.
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5. Click OK, then in the second popping dialog, select the folder to place the CSV files.
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6. Click OK, now the Excel files in the folder have been converted to CSV files and saved in another folder.
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Convert sheets of workbook into separate CSV files with Kutools for Excel

As we known, we only can convert the whole workbook into one CSV file in Excel with its Save As function. But in some times, you want to convert the single sheet into CSV file, in this case, the Split Workbook utility of Kutools for Excel can help you.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:(Free Download Kutools for Excel Now!)

1. Enable workbook you want to convert its sheets as separate CSV files, click Kutools Plus > Workbook > Split Workbook.
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2. In the Split Workbook dialog, check the sheet name you want to split (all sheets are checked by default), check Save as type, choose CSV (Macintosh) (*.CSV) from the drop-down list.
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3. Click Split to pop out a Browse For Folder dialog, choose or create a folder to place the CSV files.
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4. Click OK, now the workbook has been split as separate CSV files.
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    Sen · 5 months ago
    I think it is worth adding better error handling for files with special characters, currently they are simply ignored.
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    Justin · 5 months ago
    Thank you for sharing. I'm trying to save out multiple xls files which contain a unique value, producing a prompt asking yes or no before saving. The prompt reads..

    "Some features in your workbook might be lost if you save it as a CSV (Comma delimited). Do you want to keep using that format?"

    Would someone know where to add the code to answer yes to this prompt?
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    Sam · 1 years ago
    Another small remark:

    If the cells in the original Excel files are all formatted as "General", some accuracy is lost when the file is saved as a CSV
    For example, if a cell value in Excel is 0.123456789123456, then the value in the CSV will be 0.123456789 (missing the remaining decimals), as long as the cell was formatted as 'General'. This can be solved by formatting all cells in the Excel file to anything else than 'General' (for example, 'Text'). In that case, the CSV *will* still have the full detail/accuracy. I.e. the values in the Excel files will be fully intact after saving as a CSV.

    How could this macro be changes, so it sets the formatting of all cells in the Excel file to 'Text', before saving as a CSV?
    I imagine that it must somehow make use of the following, but I can't figure out how to correctly include in within the macro:

    Cells.Select
    Selection.NumberFormat = "@"
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    Sam · 1 years ago
    Works great, thanks for the code!
    My only remark would be that this code cuts of file names when there is a "." in the filename itself (e.g. file.123.csv turns into file.csv).
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      Carol · 8 months ago
      Have you found a way around this issue?
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        Clara · 8 months ago
        Carol,

        On line 33 I've replaced this code:

        xStrCSVFName = xStrSPath & Left(xStrEFFile, InStr(1, xStrEFFile, ".") - 1) & ".csv"

        With this code:

        xStrCSVFName = xStrSPath & Left(xStrEFFile, InStr(1, xStrEFFile, ".xlsx") - 1) & ".csv"

        Note that if you're using some other excel extension (.xls, .xlsm, etc.) you should change it as such :)
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          Sonya · 6 months ago
          Thank you so much! This has saved me so much time!!
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    Aman · 1 years ago
    Ty it really works dear !!