Bug 89684 - 'csv' Files Can't be Opened as Text Documents
Summary: 'csv' Files Can't be Opened as Text Documents
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: filters and storage (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: Other Windows (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: CSV-Import
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Reported: 2015-02-26 14:27 UTC by Harald Koester
Modified: 2017-11-08 20:05 UTC (History)
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Description Harald Koester 2015-02-26 14:27:21 UTC

Comment 1 Harald Koester 2015-02-26 14:29:36 UTC
In some cases there may be the necessity to edit a csv document with Writer. But it is not possible to open a csv file with writer.

Steps in order to reproduce the bug:
(1) Start LO.
(2) File > Open…
(3) Select filter “Text documents (*.oth; ...)”. csv files are not displayed. Hence csv files can't be opened now as text documents. Expected: Also csv files should be displayed.

Currently there is a workaround. You have to create a new text document. Then the csv file is opened as text document. But to my opinion this is not correct. See also bug 89683.

Hint: This Bug has already been described in Bug 89312 together with other problems.
Comment 2 tommy27 2016-04-16 07:25:17 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 3 Harald Koester 2016-08-26 14:00:39 UTC
Bug checked with version 5.2.0. Bug still exists.
Bug checked with version 3.3.0. Bug already exists. Hence inherited from OOo.
Comment 4 V Stuart Foote 2016-08-26 15:23:55 UTC
When the WRITER_DOCSERVICE is active, i.e. Writer module is open and has focus, a comma (or other character) delimited text file will open into Writer.

Otherwise, the Text Import filter dialog will open for import into Calc by default or if the Calc module is open making the document service CALC_DOCSERVICE.

This is consistent and expected.
Comment 5 Harald Koester 2016-08-31 10:22:34 UTC
Hi Stuart,

Sorry I don't agree.

See rationale in bug 89683, comment 5.

Comment 6 V Stuart Foote 2016-08-31 12:21:56 UTC
Closing this as it is simply *not* true that character delimited text documents can not be opened in Writer.  They can and methods to do so are consistent.

Other issues of enhancing existing text filter handling in bug 89683.