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  • Manual alignment of csv file?

    I just upgraded to v3 and have an issue.

    I see no option to manually align my csv files. In the past these were compared as text, and I could manually align things especially when there was a large section insert.

    What are my options here?

  • #2
    Hello daklestad,

    In Beyond Compare 3, csv files open in the Data Compare by default. If you're launching a comparison from the Folder Compare, you can force them to open in the Text Compare by selecting Actions > Compare In New View Using > Text Compare from the menu.

    If you always want to open CSV files in the Text Compare, you can change the default behavior by creating a new file format. From the Tools menu, select File Formats. Click "New", then select "Text Format" as the format type. Name the format CSV and enter *.csv as the mask.

    When you open files in one of the viewers, Beyond Compare looks at the list of file formats. It will use the first format that has a matching file extension, starting from the top.
    Chris K Scooter Software


    • #3
      Thanks Chris.

      Why doesn't the comparison window for the csv have the manual alignment option available?

      It seems like it would still be a valid feature.




      • #4
        No, the Data Compare doesn't support manual alignment. It will either align on key columns or use unsorted alignment.

        To manually align text, you'll need to use the Text Compare.
        Chris K Scooter Software