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What is the difference between Excel and CSV?

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Carice Snow

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Answered Jun 24, 2019

Both Excel and CSV are important spreadsheet applications. We are all used to writing in plain text format, but how do you write or arrange words that need to be put in tabular forms, this is where the use of Excel and CSV comes in handy. However, there are some differences between Excel and CSV. CSV is the acronym for Comma Separated Value. CSV uses commas to arrange words that need to be put in a tabular into the right places.

Both Excel and CSV are important spreadsheet applications. We are all used to writing in plain text
CSV is often referred to as the older version of Excel, meaning, Excel is a newer version that does the same work as CSV, but the only difference is that, it comes with some additional features like formatting which is what gives it an edge over CSV. Excel is also equipped with features that enable the users to change the color, fonts of any cell in the spreadsheet. Excel stores any file processed on it with its format and the file can never be open by any other text editor.

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