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Unable to set up database

asked 2019-04-10 18:00:36 +0200

Yama gravatar image

updated 2019-04-10 19:53:42 +0200

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The documentation for this program is so poor it's unbelievable. Setting up a basic database shouldn't be so difficult.

My issue stems from not being able to copy and paste from another program. Apparently copy and paste from Excel doesn't work so I have first imported it to Calc and then used the select cells, edit function, then gone to Base and done the paste function to open up the paste criteria window.

My database is eg. ID [INTEGER (AUTO)], COL1, COL2, COL3.

I go to the Base paste window and select the APPEND DATA button and in the next screen it shows my 3 cols from Calc in the left panel and ID, COL1, COL2, COL3 in the right panel. It won't paste in because of some stupid mismatch with the ID INTEGER. There is no way to set the program to ignore this column. There is no way to move it in the right column, only be moving the others above it, but then it comes up with some other message. My INTEGER is my primary key.

What am I doing wrong and why is there not a simple copy and paste function straight into the table? If you try to paste it in manually, the contents of every cell you've copied and paste into a single cell in Base.

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Figured it out! Have to add an empty ID column in the spreadsheet then deselect the column from the left panel in the import screen and it works OK then. Nothing about this in the documentation.. Found out from a random video on youtube !

Yama gravatar imageYama ( 2019-04-10 19:04:25 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-04-10 19:45:32 +0200

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Adding the extra column is not necessary. Here are steps:

Table used:

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Existing data in table (can also be empty):

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Calc data:

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Copy Calc data & paste in table - First dialog (append data & use first line for Col names):

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After Next, get this screen:

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Must match fields (move auto incr field to bottom - use arrows on right):

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Then Create and resulting data is:

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