See all How-To Articles

How to Save an Excel File (.xlsx) or Google Sheet as CSV

This tutorial demonstrates how to save an Excel file (.xlsx) or Google Sheets as a CSV file.

save excel file as csv

Save an Excel File as CSV

Excel files and CSV files have similarities and differences. There are several reasons you might want to convert an Excel file.

  1. In the Ribbon, go to File > Save a Copy (or Save as).

excel save as csv

  1. In the new window, on the right side, choose the CSV (Comma delimited (*.csv)) file format and click Save.
    Tip: If you have special or foreign-language characters in the file, the best solution is to use UTF-8 for the CSV file. This way, special characters from Excel remain the same in CSV format.

excel save as csv 2

As a result, the CSV file is saved in the same folder as the Excel file.

save excel file as csv

Note: An Excel file can also be saved as a CSV file using VBA code.

Save a Google Sheets File as CSV

You can also save a Google Sheets file in CSV format. In the Menu, go to File > Download > Comma-separated values (.csv, current sheet).

google sheets save as csv

As a result, a new CSV file is downloaded with data from the current Google sheet.

See all How-To Articles