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MarcoC8
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csv opened with PAD looks different

Hi

 

Thanks to the instructions in this topic I've managed to launch the last downloaded .csv-file in Excel. 

 

MarcoC8_0-1687290542613.png

 

However, when the file is opened, tabs are suddenly semicolons and comma's suddenly tabs. As a result, my data looks like this: 

MarcoC8_5-1687291578704.png

 

Whereas it should look like this (which is the case if I open the file manually): 

MarcoC8_6-1687291632148.png

 

Is there any way to make sure it's shown in the same way when opening it with Power Automate? 

 

Thanks. 

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Highboy
Super User
Super User

If I remember correctly it's because Excel uses the list seperator defined in Windows.
Take a look her on how to change it. https://www.ablebits.com/office-addins-blog/change-excel-csv-delimiter/#default

MarcoC8
Frequent Visitor

Thanks for the suggestion. I set the list separator to ";" (instead of ",") but unfortunately that didn't work. 

If your settings are not accepting the ; list separator, then this is my suggestion.

 

Read from csv

replace ; with | (we want to get ; to , but we need it to go somewhere else temporarily so we can move commas)

replace , with ;

replace | with ,

Write to csv file (a new file, not the old one)

 

Try importing this new file

 

Good luck

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MarcoC8
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Hi @MichaelAnnis , thank you for your suggestion, but I'm still not getting the expected result. However, your suggestion might take me to a solution in time, but then I'd have to modify the rest of the flow and I don't have enough time for that now, so I'm pausing my automation attempt. 

 

Maybe I'm being unrealistic, but I think it shouldn't make a difference if a file is opened with Power Automate or by me. I expect the same end result, but apparently that's not the case.

 

To both of you @Highboy and @MichaelAnnis, thank you very much for your support! 

Here's a workaround.  Create a macro workbook (just have to save as .xlsm instead of .xlsx).  Write this macro (thx GPT for creating it.)  In the macro workbook, have A1 say: "FilePath:" and have B1 say: "FileName:".  Then create the following macro:

 

Sub OpenFile()

 

' Declare variables
Dim filePath As String
Dim fileName As String

 

' Set variables
filePath = ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet.Range("A2").Value ' Get file path from A2
fileName = ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet.Range("B2").Value ' Get file name from B2

' Combine the file path and file name
Dim fullPath As String
fullPath = filePath & fileName

 

' Open the file
Workbooks.Open (fullPath)

 

End Sub

 

The bot will open the macro workbook

Have the bot write %Files[0].Directory% to A2

Have the bot write %Files[0].Name% to B2

Have the bot run the macro to open the file

 

This should open the file the same as you open it.

 

Best of luck!

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Parthiban759
Helper I
Helper I

Change the delimiter from comma to semicolon in the advanced options - Read CSV file as show in the reference image.

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