How to Download a CSV File

By Michael Butler

CSV files, text files that separate values by commas, are often generated from spreadsheets or databases as a way to share values between different programs. For instance, you can generate a CSV file from your Outlook Calendar and Import it into a Google Calendar. You may want to download a CSV file from the Internet, but browsers open the file as a web page instead of downloading it. Get around this by using the "Save As" feature.

Step 1

Click on the CSV file link in your browser. A text web page will appear.

Step 2

Select "Save As" from the "File" menu.

Step 3

Select "Text file(*.txt)" in the drop down menu labeled "Save As Type" in the pop up window that appears.

Step 4

Click "Save". Be sure to remember the directory on your computer to which you saved the file.