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Open a csv file in Excel 2010 - a semi colon as the separator

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I've downloaded information that is in a csv format, one that uses a semi colon as the separator character.  (Commas are part of the real text in a column).
When I try to open it in Excel (a german language version) then it splits into columns based on the comma.  Not what I want.
How can I open the csv file and instruct excel 2010 to use a semi colon as the basis for splitting into columns, not the comma.

(I know I could edit the csv file, replace comma with something else then change ; to , and then open it in excel but that would get to be a pain when doing the same thing for file after file....)
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Use the Text Import Wizard to import the CSV file instead.

Sorry, these instructions refer to the English version of Excel 2010, but I presume they will translate to similar functions in German.

1) Open a blank workbook.
2) Excel 2010 Menu: Data, Get External Data section, "From Text"
This will open a browser window that will filter to text and delimited files.  
3) Locate your file and click the "Import" button.
This will display the first screen of the Text Import Wizard
4) Choose "Delimited" on the top and then click the "Next" button.
5) Select "Semicolon" under the "Delimiters" section on top, then click the "Next" button.
6) Define any sections as date or text, as needed, then click the "Finish" button.
This will display a final dialog box
7) Click the "OK" button.

The file should be imported into the blank workbook.

Regards,
-Glenn
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by:AndyAinscow
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So that is where it was hidden.
Excellent, thanks
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You're welcome.
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