How to Convert a CSV File to a VCS File Format
By Ray Padgett
A calendar encoded in comma-separated values (CSV) format is useful for moving large chunks of data around in a stripped-down matrix format, but not many people what to manage their calendar from Excel. To improve control functionality, Microsoft Outlook users may want to convert that clunky CSV file to Outlook's streamlined vCalendar (VCS) format. A useful piece of shareware makes this easy, allowing you to convert your CSV file to VCS or a variety of other formats.
Download and install the free trial version of Amber ABC CSV Converter from the link in Resources.
Start ABC CSV Converter and click the “Open” button in the upper left corner.
Select your CSV calendar file from the box that pops up and click “Open.”
Click the “vCalendar” link in the “Hint Window” that comes up. A prompt box automatically pops up asking you where you wish to save your converted VCS file. Choose a location, type your chosen file name, and click “Save.”
- As of December 2009, the most recent version of Outlook uses the iCalendar (ICS) format as its default instead of vCalendar (VCS). You can convert from CSV to ICS within Outlook itself using the "Import or Export" feature.
- The program costs $19.95 for full functionality, but sadly no similar freeware exists. For the price, though, you can convert your calendar to a wide variety of other formats as well: XLS, DBF, XML, PDF, HTML, CHM, RTF, DOC, Clipboard and more.
Based in New York City, Ray Padgett has been writing about music and technology since his 2009 graduation from Dartmouth College. He has a degree in religion, with a minor in English. He has been published in SPIN.com and in "The Celebrity Café," "The Noise" and an upcoming Bob Dylan anthology.