How to change Excel to pipe delimited

Excel typically saves CSV files with using comma (,) or semi-colon (;) as the delimiter. However some programs expect a pipe (|) delimiter.

Trying to convert the delimiter of a CSV file using simple find and replace (e.g. in a text editor) is not advisable, because you might covert a delimiter character inside a value. For example a name value in a CSV file might include a comma:

“Name”,”Country” “Smith, John”,”UK”

If you replace all the commas with pipes, you will get:

“Name”|“Country” “Smith| John”|“UK”

Which means “Smith, John” has become “Smith| John”, which is almost certainly not what you want.

However it is very easy to convert an Excel file to pipe delimited in Easy Data Transform:

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If you have large number of files to convert you can do it using the batch processing feature.

As well as changing file format, Easy Data Transform also allows you to combine 46 transforms to quickly and easily create simple or complex data transformations. See our quick start guide for a brief overview.

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