Step 1

To open a CSV file correctly, first open Excel and create a blank workbook.

Step 2

Select “Data“ in the ribbon.

Step 3 

Click on “From Text/CSV“ in the ribbon.

Step 4

Select the file you want to open.

Step 5

In the newly opened window select the file origin and delimiter: in order for all special characters to be displayed correctly and the data be separated, as shown in the pictures below (for a “recipients” file the file origin is “65001: Unicode (UTF-8)” and “Comma” as delimiter).

False file origin & delimeter: 

Correct file origin & delimeter: 

Step 6

Click on “Edit” in the lower right corner of the window.

Step 7 

Now select all, by pressing Ctrl+A, so that the entire table is highlighted green.

Step 8

Change the data type by clicking on “Data Type” and selecting “Text”.

Step 9

If a window pops up, click on “Replace current”.

Step 10

In the final step click on “Close & Load”.