Productivity Activities
Last updated Jun 21, 2024

Write CSV



Copies saved for later table data or data from an Excel file to a specified CSV file. The copied data replaces any data that already exists in the CSV file. If the CSV file does not exist, it is created when the automation is executed.

Configuring the Activity

In the Body of the Activity
  • Write from - Click Plus  on the right side of the field and then, from the menu, select where to copy data from:

    • Select an Excel file and use the available options to choose a table, a sheet, or indicate a range in Excel.
    • Use Saved Value - Copy data that you previously saved for later use in the project.
    • Open in Advanced Editor - Enter a VB expression.
  • Write to what file - Click Browse  next to the field and then browse to and select the CSV file where to copy the data. To create a new file when the automation is executed, browse to the folder where to create it and enter the file name. Alternatively, you can click Plus  on the right side of the field, and then choose one of the available options in the menu to indicate the path of the file:

    • Excel or Outlook data. For example, you can select a cell that contains a file path.
    • Use Saved Value - Select a value in the form of a file path that you previously saved for later use in the project.
    • Text - Enter a file path in the Text Builder. You can combine text with a formula from an Excel file cell, for example to add a date to the file name using formulas in the Project Notebook.
    • Ask when run - Prompt for a file path when the project is executed.
    • Open in Advanced Editor - Enter a VB expression.
  • Include headers - If selected, the column headers are copied to the CSV file.
Properties Panel


  • DisplayName - The name displayed for the activity in the Designer panel.


  • FilePath - See Write to what file in the body of the activity.


  • DataTable - See Write from in the body of the activity.
  • Delimiter - Select the delimiter used in the CSV file: TabComma(','), Semicolon(';'), Caret('^'), or Pipe('|').


  • Private - If selected, the values of variables and arguments are no longer logged at Verbose level.


  • AddHeaders - See Include headers in the body of the activity.
  • Encoding - Select the encoding type to be used. You can find the complete list of codes for each character encoding here. If no encoding type is specified, the activity will search for the file's Byte Order Marks to detect the encoding. If no Byte Order Marks are detected, the system ANSI code page is selected by default.

Examples of Using the Write CSV Activity

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