CSV is the most popular format for storing and exchanging data among users. You might often encounter a situation where you have multiple CSV files from diverse sources and you want to combine CSV files in Excel. The process of merging CSV files into a single file can significantly improve analysis and facilitate easier data access.
In this guide, we’ll explore step-by-step instructions on how to merge multiple CSV files into one file.
Let us look at two methods in detail.
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Method 1 – Using Windows Command Prompt
Below are step-by-step instructions on how to combine multiple CSV files using the Windows Command Prompt –
STEP 1: Place all the CSV files in one folder.
STEP 2: Select the folder containing the CSV files and press Ctrl +Shift + C to Copy Path.
STEP 3: In the Windows search box, type the command prompt and select the application.
STEP 4: In the Command Prompt window, type cd followed by a space and then paste the folder path by pressing Ctrl + V.
STEP 5: Use the copy command to combine all CSV files into one. The wildcard * is used to include all files with the CSV extension.
copy *.csv combined-csv-files.csv
The name of the combined csv file will be combined-csv-files.csv. The combined file will look like this –
You can format it as per your requirements.
Method 2 – Using Power Query
STEP 1: Click on the Data tab and then navigate to the Get Data option.
STEP 2: In the Get Data menu, select From File > From Text/CSV.
STEP 3: Select the file named Desktop Sales and select Open.
STEP 4: Check the sample in the dialog box and click Load.
The data for desktop sales will be loaded in the worksheet.
STEP 5: Repeat the same steps (Steps 1 to 4) to import the sales data for laptops, tablets, and smartphones as well.
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This guide explores two methods for achieving this – Method 1 involves using the Windows Command Prompt, while Method 2 utilizes the Power Query feature in Excel, allowing users to seamlessly combine CSV files with just a few clicks.
The choice between these methods depends on individual preferences and specific data management needs.Click here to learn all about combined CSV files.