From: Jay Lozier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, 14 September 2012, 14:08
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] How do I open a file with a .tsv extension as a .csv file on a
Mac OSX (Lion?) using OpenOffice Calc.
On 09/14/2012 06:25 AM, Richard Quadling wrote:
I'm new to using a Mac and some of the things I can do in Windows I'm
unable to even work out the question for on a Mac, so please bear with me.
The files are generated from an automated system, several hundred a day and
have a .tsv extension (can't change it for every file). The files are UTF-8
encoded text files with TAB separated content.
I need to be able to double click the file and have it open in Libre Office
Calc. Even if it has to ask me to choose the delimiter to process it with.
I've no idea if this is possible. On Windows, I'd associate .tsv with Excel
and all would be "just done".
I can't even find Calc for LibreOffice, only the LibreOffice.app in my
Applications directory - again, this may be me - I'm VERY VERY new to Mac
and the differences are sometimes confounding.
If I try to open Libre Office first and then open a Spreadsheet file, the
open file dialogue doesn't allow me to pick the .tsv files. They are all
Really stuck. Renaming the files first, editing the content as I need, and
then reversing the rename takes forever on a mac - OK I know this bit is
me, I'm so used to doing everything from the keyboard and having to
constantly go to the mouse to do things just beeps me off a bit.
If I get Finder to open .tsv files all the time, they open in the word
Any useful suggestions would be brilliant!
As an experiment, change the extension on one of a copy of a files from
*.tsv to *.csv. From your description, it sounds like *.tsv is a tab
delimited text file and *.csv nominally is comma delimited text file.
When importing into Calc make sure to highlight Tab as the delimiter not
comma, Calc will remember the last delimiter used.
If this is successful there are two possible options: change the default
settings of the program that generated the file or determine an "easy"
way to convert the *.tsv files to *.csv files.lo
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