csv default column formatting is all wacky

whenever i save csv files, the attached happens

even if i save it in columns before saving!

you can see all the values are crammed in one column
special-1.5-cdone.csv
finnstoneAsked:
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Phillip BurtonDirector, Practice Manager and Computing ConsultantCommented:
No, I can't see that. When I open it in Excel, it opens fine.

How are you opening it into Excel?
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Muhammad MullaSystems AdministratorCommented:
Can you post a screenshot, please
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finnstoneAuthor Commented:
yes i open in excel 2013
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Phillip BurtonDirector, Practice Manager and Computing ConsultantCommented:
How? File - Open or a different way?
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finnstoneAuthor Commented:
double click the file from windows explorer.
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Phillip BurtonDirector, Practice Manager and Computing ConsultantCommented:
That's why. Try opening Excel first, and then go to File - Open, change the file type to "*.csv", and open it there.
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finnstoneAuthor Commented:
awesome!
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finnstoneAuthor Commented:
very helpful
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Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Saving file to Downloads folder and then double clicking in Windows explorer opens file correctly for me in Excel 2010.

When looking at the CSV file in Explorer, what icon does it have against it? Maybe default application for CSV files isn't set correctly or its an issue with Excel 2013 default settings.

Thanks
Rob H
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finnstoneAuthor Commented:
it has an a icon ...different than the excel files

yes i got to think its excel 2013 default settings are messed up
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Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Also, I notice that the filename has two fullstops in it:

special-1.5-cdone.csv

Some applications see this as multiple extensions which could suggest a virus.

The standard csv/excel icon is similar to the Excel file icon but with a letter a on the spreadsheet beneath the excel logo part of the icon.

Thanks
Rob H
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