CSV files are something that you will frequently encounter if you handle a lot of data that originates from databases. It is generally one of the simpler file types to create, and it can be opened in a number of different applications. Because Google Docs (or Google Drive, if you have already converted over to it) is an increasingly useful program for managing your documents and spreadsheets, then you may have started incorporating it more and more into your regular computer usage. But maybe you have been hesitant to attempt to use it to manage CSV files, because you were uncertain about how compatible they might be. You are in luck, as it is certainly possible to learn how to open a CSV file in Google Docs. The process is similar to uploading any other type of file to Google Docs, and you can choose to manage it directly in the online application.
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Upload a CSV File to Google Docs or Google Drive
Your Google Docs or Drive account is a great place to keep documents that you might need to access from a number of different locations. The availability of access to your uploaded Google documents is abundant so, provided that you can connect to the Internet, you should have a means of acquiring, viewing or downloading the CSV file. Continue reading to learn how to upload and open a CSV file in Google Docs.
Step 1: Open a Web browser window, then navigate to docs.google.com.
Step 2: If you are not already logged into your account, type your Google Account email address and password into their respective fields, then click the Sign In button.
Step 3: Click the Upload button at the left side of the window, then click the Files option.
Step 4: Browse to the CSV file you want to open in Google Docs, click it once to select it, then click the Open button at the bottom of the window.
Step 5: Click the blue Start upload button at the bottom of the window. Note that you also need to check the box to left of the Convert documents, presentations, spreadsheets and drawings to the corresponding Google Docs format.
Step 6: Click the file name in the Upload complete section at the right side of the window to open your uploaded CSV file in Google Docs.
Step 7: Once you have finished viewing and editing the file in Google Docs, you can choose to download the spreadsheet as a CSV file. Click File at the top of the window, then Download As, then click the Comma Separated Values option.
The file will then be downloaded and saved to your computer.
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