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During paste csv, how to launch import wizard so the commas are recognized and columns formed.

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I dont want to create an intermediate file.

I just want to directly take csv from anywhere, perhaps notepad, perhaps notepad++

Then copy it.

Then in excel, paste it and not have it all jam into the first column.

Eg, during paste all I see is Paste-Special which doesn't bring up the import wizard.

 

 just want this in the clipboard to launch the import wizard.

 

a,b,c

1,2,3

 

Is there anyway on Gods Green Earth that I have uncovered something that CANT be done in Excel?

That belongs in Revelations perhaps!

 

Thanks for any leads!

Jim in Memphis

 

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i found it.

 

1. just paste it all jammed into 1 column

2. Hit control-A to highlight everything.

3. Hit Data->Text-to-Columns.  That brings up the import wizard! Yipee

 

Boom!

 

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You may skip one step. After pasting into the sheet you may see small icon like here

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Press Ctrl, Arrow Down, Enter or expand by mouse to start the wizard

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I don't know if this can be reversed? for example, I have three columns in excel. Last name, first name (with a comma) and then place next to third column. I am taking a list of graduates with their degrees and placing them into powerpoint program. I hope that this makes sense and that I replied to a thread that I thought was related 


@cellurl wrote:

i found it.

 

1. just paste it all jammed into 1 column

2. Hit control-A to highlight everything.

3. Hit Data->Text-to-Columns.  That brings up the import wizard! Yipee

 

Boom!

 



 @cellurl 

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Hi @AliceDean ,

 

That is separate question, better to start new conversation for such.

To merge columns the easiest is with Power Query, but if only within the sheet please check https://www.ablebits.com/office-addins-blog/2013/10/13/merge-columns-excel-without-losing-data/

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Wow, that was a quick response and thank you. This is my first question and it was exactly what I needed. thank you. @Sergei Baklan