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  1. Preserve source quoting and separator when saving CSV.

    Currently, Excel alters CSV files to it's internal CSV format whenever the file is saved, even if no changes were made to the file. For example, if I open a CSV file like below (anonymized version of a AWS credentials file):

    User Name,Access Key Id,Secret Access Key
    "somebody",WISKFHEYDSJ2UDFH6XAD,mDHJNSLCF!safsdlds>Flsdfj/Mjufsldkhafdsl

    And then I merely open the file and save it without making any changes, Excel will alter file, removing the quotes:

    User Name,Access Key Id,Secret Access Key
    somebody,WISKFHEYDSJ2UDFH6XAD,mDHJNSLCF!safsdlds>Flsdfj/Mjufsldkhafdsl

    In this particular example, the change is harmless but for more complex CSV files, simply opening them in Excel is sufficient to break other…

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    5 comments  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Great suggestion – CSV hasn’t been an area we’ve been looking into recently, but we’ll reconsider. It looks like this is starting to get some votes fairly quickly. If you like the idea, then please keep the votes coming! That’s the best way to help get this onto our engineering schedule.

    Thanks,
    John [MS XL]

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