Excel for Mac - Permanently change Text Imp Wizard default delimiter for CSV from SPACE or TAB to COMMA?

Every month, I have to import up to 20 csv files in to Excel on my Mac. I usually copy the content of the file to the clipboard then from the Excel toolbar, Paste->Use Text Import Wizard because it is right there in the toolbar.

For every file, I have to change the delimiter setting - deselect Space then select Comma.  It's only two clicks but for some reason, it annoys me intensely.

If I use File->Import and choose the (default) CSV file setting, it defaults to TAB, so either way, I have to change it.

This question - how to permanently set the default separator for CSV - must have been asked thousands of times, and I can see answers for Windows, answers for Excel 2008, but no answers for Excel 365 on Mac.

Can I change the default column separator for the Text Import Wizard for Comma Separated Values files to actually be a comma?

Mac OS is Mojave 10.14.6

Excel for Mac is 16.46

Thanks for your help,

Russ

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If the csv file you receive is consistent in columns and format each time, you might find it worthwhile to record a macro while using the File > Open import wizard. Then you can simply run the macro and apply all the settings you need instantly.

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Are you opening the .csv in a different program just so you can copy/paste? Have you tried simply using File> Open rather than File> Import or pasting with the import wizard? If that presents a problem you might give this a try:

  1. Right-click any .csv & select Get Info

  2. In the Get Info dialog select Excel as the default Open with program

  3. Click the Change All button & Confirm

When you receive a .csv just double-click it or use File> Open. Although there are some exceptions due to broad standards for the .csv file type most will open straight up in Excel bypassing the import wizard.

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