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Importing from Excel and converting fields--Newbie


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OK, I'm a newbie to FMP. I have a "database" in Excel I need to import to FMP and convert to numbers. For example, if the field in Excel is "Unemployed" I want that to be a "1" in FMP, if "Employed" in Excel, then "2" in FMP. No clue how to do that. Sorry for the total newbiness, and thanks for the help. confused.gif

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Create a text field named "EmployTxt". Then create a calculation field, number result,

"Employ_c," =

Case ( EmployTxt = "Employed", 2,

EmployTxt = "Unemployed", 1)

I'm assuming those are the only 2 choices. It will have nothing if neither of those is true. There are other ways to make this a permanent change, using Replace, so you could toss the Txt field. But the above is the easiest.

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Hi Susie,

Fenton has suggested a way to handle one example you gave, however, I have a feeling that there are going to be more. It may be helpful for you to attached a sample of your Excel database, and maybe we can give you some additional help or pointers.

Lee

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