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Hour 11. Importing and Exporting Data > Importing Data into FileMaker

Importing Data into FileMaker

Start by exporting data from an address book, PDA, or other data source using one of the formats described in the preceding section. If you don't have such a data source, create a spreadsheet or a table within a word processing application, enter some dummy data (perhaps three fields: name, address, and telephone number), and export the data from the spreadsheet or word processor.

Launch FileMaker, and use the Contact Manager template to create a new database. Choose File, Import from the menu, and in the submenu, select File. You'll be prompted to select the file you have prepared. When you open it, you'll see the dialog shown in Figure 11.1.


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