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Export Data, comma separators.. importing to Excel is a problem

  1. lizat


    My form has data organised across the page as well as down.

    When exporting i get a comma separating the row data and a vertical bar between the fields on the same row. When I import to Excel this is problematic good since some of the data entries are text that is written in paragraphs with punctuation.

    My questions are:

    Can I specify the filed delimiter?
    Can I have the same delimiter between all fields irrespective of the row and field design?

    Thank you....................... liz

    Posted 7 years ago on Saturday March 9, 2013 | Permalink
  2. lizat

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thank you.......................... liz

    Posted 7 years ago on Tuesday March 12, 2013 | Permalink
  3. David Peralty

    You certainly can change the separators -

    Posted 7 years ago on Tuesday March 12, 2013 | Permalink
  4. lizat

    Hi David,

    I've tried the suggested page, and yes it does it; but I still have a problem with multi-field rows and also a the free text fields that have mutiple paragraphs. I would like to have posted a picture with this but it doesn't seem possible to do file attachements. I could send you a link and password but don't want to post it here. Let me know if I can send you this another way.

    Meanwhile I will try to describe the form which is long but has lines like this for example:

    Line 1: FieldName = Household Name, Field Type = Single Text Line
    Line 2: FieldName = Members of Household, FieldType = List with Mutiple Columns
    ........... Columns are Name, profession, Date of Birth, Relationship to first householder, Notes
    Line3: FieldName = Outside Notes, Field Type = Paragraph
    Line 3: FieldName = Shared Facilities, FieldType = List with Multiple Columns

    The multi-column fields look as if they use a "pipe" symbol to separate but somehow this isn't recognised when I get to import to Excel.
    The paragraph fields don't get brought in in teh same Excel row but the next down.

    I spent a lot of time pursuading the group to complete this information on-line and now I am in danger of them thinking it was a waste of time becasue we have to manually massge the data into a good shape for presenting off-line.

    If you have any suggestion I would be very grateful,


    Posted 7 years ago on Tuesday March 12, 2013 | Permalink
  5. David Peralty

    When you import into Excel, you have to tell it to also use the pipe character as a separator. You should be able to use what you want, and the pipe symbol to have the data separate out better.

    Posted 7 years ago on Thursday March 14, 2013 | Permalink