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difference between a .csv and a .txt file

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    I hope most of you shall know this basic difference however I have read many posts having confusion from various users of daily summery data for metastock and amibroker.

    .txt File:
    This is a plain text file which can be opened using a notepad present on all desktop PCs running MS Windows any version. You can store any type of text in this file. There is no limitation of what so ever text format. Due to ease of use for end users many daily data summery providers use .txt files. These files contain data which is properly comma seperated.

    .csv File: abreviation of "comma seperated values"
    This is a special file extension commonly used by MS Excel. Basically this is also a plain text file but with a limitation of comma seperated values. Normally when you double click this type of file it will open in MS Excel. If you do not have MS Excel installed on your computer or you find Notepad easy to use then you also can open this file in a notepad by right clicking the file and from the menu select "Open With" and then choose notepad.

    What if you have a .txt data file but your charting software needs .csv file:
    If due to some reason your charting software supports only .csv format but the daily data summery you get is in .txt format then you can easily convert this .txt file into a .csv file. For example you have a file named "10052006.txt" simply rename this file to 10052006.csv and your data file will now be converted to a .csv file. If your computer is not showing you the last extension part then double click "My Computer" select "Tools>Folder Options" from the top menu. Click on the "View" tab and then scroll down in the list and look for a check box "Hide extensions for known file types". uncheck this box and click "Apply" and then "Ok" button. When you come back to your file now, you will be able to see the extension of your file.
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    Adeel Bhai very good and basic information, keep it up.

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