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Chapter 12. Data Importing and Repairing > Importing Data from Other Sources

Importing Data from Other Sources

Some files from other applications (like Microsoft Excel) can be imported into FileMaker without much fuss. But to import data from most programs, you need to create intermediate files in a format readable by both FileMaker and the original program. (See “About Data File Types” on the previous page, and refer to your software's documentation for instructions on exporting files.)

Although text files are a universal output format, they don't usually contain field names. You have to determine field order either by looking at the data in the original program, or by examining the data after you import it. Fortunately, FileMaker has a wonderful field mapping feature right in the Import dialog box that allows you to match imported data to your existing FileMaker fields.


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