How do I edit my CSV files if I use OpenOffice Calc?
While not specifically a spreadsheet file on its own, a comma separated values (CSV) text file has an advantage in the fact that it can be viewed and read more comfortably in a spreadsheet program.
The most popular spreadsheet program available is Microsoft Excel which is part of the Microsoft Office Suite. However, an alternate set of office tools that has gained popularity is Apache's OpenOffice suite; which includes its very own spreadsheet program called Calc.
While similar in function to other spreadsheet programs, there are a few considerations to make when using OpenOffice Calc to ensure your CSV files are read and saved in the proper format for your 3dcart store.
Opening a CSV file in OpenOffice Calc
When you export a CSV file from your store to your desktop and open it in OpenOffice Calc, you will be prompted with an import function that will let you import the text file into the correct columns and rows of the spreadsheet.
Within that import window, you will see a section labled "Separator Options" which will need to have the following settings defined to open your CSV file correctly.
The rest of the fields in this window can usually be left untouched, so once you've set the settings described above, click "Ok" and your CSV file will open into the OpenOffice Calc Program
Saving a CSV file in OpenOffice Calc
Once you are finished editing and tailoring your CSV file, you can save it by using these steps in OpenOffice Calc
After selecting "Keep Current Format" you may see second dialoge window pop up with additional field options similar to the ones from before. Just be sure to have "Field delimeter" set to , and Text delimeter set to " before clicking on the "OK" button.
Your CSV file should now be ready to use on the 3dcart store.