Excel Import/Export Text Files

This article describes how to import or export text files. Text files can be comma separated (.csv) or tab separated (.txt)

Import

To import text files, execute the following steps.

1. On the File tab, click Open.

2. Click Browse.

3. Select Text Files from the drop-down list.

4a. To import a .csv file, select the Microsoft Excel Comma Separated Values File and click Open. That’s all.

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4b. To import a .txt file, select the Text Document and click Open. Excel launches the Text Import Wizard.

5. Choose Delimited and click Next.

6. Clear all the check boxes under Delimiters except for the Tab check box and click Next.

7. Click Finish.

Result:

Export

To export text files, execute the following steps.

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1. Open an Excel file.

2. On the File tab, click Save As.

3. Click Browse.

4. Select Text (Tab delimited) or CSV (Comma delimited) from the drop-down list.

5. Click Save.

Result. A .csv file (comma separated) or a .txt file (tab separated).

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