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Chapter 11. FileMaker and Other Programs > Using Excel Data in FileMaker

Using Excel Data in FileMaker

FileMaker Inc. has done a great job of making FileMaker and Excel files easily interchangeable. For example, in Chapter 5 in “To export summary data,” we show how easy it is to save FileMaker databases as worksheet files using the File > Export Records command.

But did you know that you can also open Excel files directly in FileMaker to create a new database? This allows you to create a new FileMaker file with all of the spreadsheet data included. You can use column headers from the Excel file to automatically create FileMaker field names. Use the drag-and-drop feature in both Windows and the Mac OS, and the whole process can be virtually effortless.


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