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Default separator for csv files [closed]

asked 2012-06-30 14:51:29 +0200

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updated 2015-10-17 00:24:48 +0200

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How can I alter the default separator for Calc when opening .csv files?

Using Ubuntu, UK Language, and the default separator seems to be a comma, but when I import any .csv files, LO insists on using a Tab as the default separator.

To my thinking, the default separator for a "Comma Separated Value" file really really should be a Comma?

And yes, I know I can change the value when opening the file - I want to resolve the automatic opening with the right separator issue because I'm converting my wife to Linux and she hates it when we find things that are different - "Why can't Linux do this - Windows does it?" :-( She's neither a techie nor a patient end-user.

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What do you mean by the term "import". Unless it is a UK Language issue, on my version on Ubuntu whey I right click and "Open with LibreOffice" or from within Calc select File>Open>Filename.csv it always remembers the last choice I made. So in essence the default becomes whatever I use.

dshimer gravatar imagedshimer ( 2012-07-01 00:34:01 +0200 )edit

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answered 2012-07-02 19:36:34 +0200

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I'm running LO 3.4.4 on Ubuntu 11.10, and I can confirm @dshimer's results: If I import a CSV file I'll get a "Text Import" dialog box. If the default is set as "Separated by -> Tab" and I change that to "Separated by -> Comma," that changed selection (from Tab -> Comma) will persist when I open other CSV files.

Are you using LO in a regular user account, or something with locked-down privs like a Guest account?

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