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Excel and what codepage to use when opening a csv file?

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Hi, when opening a csv file in Excel 2010 (also in 2007, but i upgrade to 2010 and still same problem) where could i set what codepage to use as default? If i import it and change from Windows (ANSI) to MS-DOS (PC8) its shows correct, but when opening a file it dont shows correct character set. This is from a progress (openedge) program and the file is a link so i must first open it in Excel, save it localy and then import it, but i want to show correct character set when opening it. Is it possible to set somewhere in Excel 2010 that the default codepage to use when opening csv file is MS-DOS (PC8) ??  There is only one pc that have this problem, 4-5 other pc shows correct charset when opening. All have Norwegian Windows 7 Pro and Norwegian Office 2007 and some have Office 2010, so its only one pc that have this problem.
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by:gowflow
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What I can think of very quickly is change the extension from .csv to .txt and the Import Text Wizard should kick off letting you change whatever you want.
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The problem is that the file is opened from a progress (openedge) program, the save and then open is not an option for the user. But since this is a problem on one computer there must be some settings somewhere?
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Well I looked at to see a setting but could not find.

What do you mean by:  file is opened from a progress (openedge) program ...
Just before the user accessed the file, manually change its extention to .txt open the file in Excel do what you want save it then let the user access it

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There is 150 users, every users access a excel file from Progress (OpenEdge) that they use as a order/crm software. The users dont know how to save and rename files, they got a link in the program that they click on many times a day. One user have problem so there must be some settings for this.
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Fine
1) What is the Excel version of users who don't hv problem and their machine OS
2) What is the Excel and the OS version of the culprit machine

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All have Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, Norwegian
Some have Office 2007 but most of them have Office 2010 (all 32 bit) Norwegian

The PC with problem did have Office 2007 32 bit Norwegian, but since it had problem the Office was uninstalled, then Office 2010 32-bit Norwegian was installed, but same problem.
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ok when 2010 installed
1) Did all office update performed ?
2) Did all related windows update performed ?

It is very important when you install software that you make sure you keep activating windows update up until there is STRICTLY no more updates as maybe this issue was resolved in one of the updates. I see no reason why it is working with lots using the same file and not working for 1

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New PC solved the problem. A reinstall would have done it to i think, but old pc so cheaper to buy new pc.
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Not possible to solve the problem.
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