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Add column to CSV object

Posted on 2013-01-15
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I am using the Import-CSV cmdlet to import a CSV file, what I am looking for is a way I can add columns to the spreadsheet without exporting/importing. Say I have imported a spreadsheet with columns A,B,C I want to be able to add D,E,F and be able to use these as normal in powershell.

Ideas?
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by:sedgwick
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empty columns?

assume this csv file:

id,age
1,11
2,22
3,33
4,44

now, you want to use import-csv and add empty column "name" after age:

$csvFile = gc c:\temp\test.csv
$csvFile[0] += ",name"
$csv = $csvFile| convertfrom-csv
$csv 

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by:Blowfelt82
ID: 38778526
I can see what its trying to do but I think it cannot be applied to the object returned by the cmdlet 'Import-CSV'. When I run the code above I get a 'Method invocation failed because [System.Management.Automation.PSObject] doesnt contain a methid named 'op_Addition'.

Looks like '+=' is a no go with the Import-CSV object.
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sedgwick earned 500 total points
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i know, that's why i use gc.
there's no 'fency' way doing it without export and import.
this is the only way which u avoid export-import the entire csv object.
the twick here is reading it as a text file (via gc) and convert it to csv object.
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