.CSV File Extension

A .CSV file is a Comma-Separated Values File, created by N/A.

Open with Microsoft Word 365. Available for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

What is a .CSV file?

A CSV file, which stands for Comma-Separated Values, is a type of file that stores data in a simple text format. The data in a CSV file is organized with each piece of data separated by a comma. This format is widely used because it is easy to create and can be used by many different types of software.

Each line in a CSV file usually represents a single record or row of a database. Each record consists of one or more fields, separated by commas. For example, a CSV file might store information about people, with each line containing data like a person's name, address, and phone number, each separated by a comma.

CSV files are commonly used by spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice Calc, and Google Sheets. These programs allow you to open, edit, and save CSV files. You can also use a simple text editor like Notepad or TextEdit to view and edit CSV files, although these editors won't display the data in a spreadsheet format.

In addition to these programs, there are several other applications that can open CSV files. These include LibreOffice, Corel Quattro Pro, Apple Numbers, and various web applications like Google Sheets and Polaris Office Web Sheet. Some specialized software like Intuit Quicken, FreshBooks, and Intuit QuickBooks also support CSV files for tasks like financial data management.

CSV files are particularly useful for transferring data between different programs. For example, if you have data in an Excel file (.XLSX) and need to use it in a program that does not support the XLSX format, you can export the data to a CSV file. This file can then be imported into the other program. Similarly, you can export data like contacts or financial records from one application to a CSV file and then import it into another application.

Overall, the CSV format is a flexible and simple way to store and exchange tabular data, making it a valuable tool for both personal and professional use.


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