I am trying to import data from a file. If I import a CSV file, I get:


For example, two curly brackets.

If importing from a .xlsx file I get an extra curly bracket like:


Why does this happen?


2 Answers 2



Import["file.csv"] imports a CSV file, returning an array.



Import["file.xlsx"] imports all sheets of an XLSX file, returning the result as a list of arrays.

If the file contains a single sheet, you can eliminate the extra curly braces using the second argument of Import as in @bobthechemist's answer, or simply using Part:

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    – David Kerr
    Commented Mar 8, 2015 at 4:19

As mentioned in the comments and the documentation, importing from Excel files allows for multiple sheets. Thus, a single-sheet file will have what you refer to as an "extra" pair of curly braces. To eliminate this behavior, use:


The above command will import just the first datasheet.


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