4 Easy Ways to Open CSV Files

We’ve all been there. You double-click on a file and it doesn’t open the way it should. It’s a common problem. Many file extensions can be opened by multiple programs, and many programs can open multiple file extensions. If you’re having trouble opening CSV files, here are some ways you might be able to make it work.

Use Another Program

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If you can’t view the CSV file by double-clicking it, try opening it in a different program. Some of the most popular programs for opening CSV files are CompuShow Adjusted EGA/VGA Palette, Boso View Express Railway and Structure File, and Comma-Separated Variables. Check out the developers’ websites, download one or more of these programs, then try to open your CSV file again.

Get a Clue From the File Type

One file extension can be used for multiple types of files. Knowing the type of file you have can help you find out how to open it. Most CSV files are categorized as Data Files, which can be opened by numerous software packages. See if you have a program already installed on your computer that’s designed to open Data Files. Hopefully, this program might also work with your CSV file.

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You can find out which type of file your CSV file is by looking at the file’s properties. Just right-click the file icon and select “Properties” or “More Info.” On a Windows computer, the file type will be listed under “Type of File”; on a Mac, it will be under “Kind.”

Contact a Developer

Nobody knows more about file extensions than software developers. If you can’t open your CSV file using any of the usual programs, you can contact the program’s software developer and ask them for help. Find your program’s developer in the list below:

Software Developer
CompuShow Adjusted EGA/VGA Palette Microsoft Developer
Boso View Express Railway and Structure File Mackoy
Comma-Separated Variables Windows Programmer


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