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On Mar 2, 2011, at 23:20 , Regina Henschel wrote:

Hi James,

James Wilde schrieb:
I've checked both LibO and OOo for a how-to or a chapter on this, without luck, and I've checked 
the Nabble interface to the users maillist.

Is there any easy way to get an address list in a spreadsheet into a base database?

Yes, it is easy.

Version A
You do not have a database already, you want to retain the spreadsheet:
File > New > Database
Connect to an existing database > Choose 'Speadsheet' > Next.
Browse to your Calc document > Next > Finish.

Thanks, Regina, this works.  I'll try and live with this method.

Version B
You have already a database and want to import your speadsheet as new table:
Open the odb-File and go to 'Table' section. Drag the window to half of the screen.
Open the calc-File, drag its window to the other half of the screen.
Mark your data in the spreadsheet and drag them to the table section in the data base window. 
(You ca use the clipboard as well.)

This step doesn't work.  I mark the entire sheet and try to drag a cell - any cell, they're all 
marked - into the table section of the odb window, but nowhere does it let me drop with any result.

I have, however, found out that it starts working - it's still running in the background as I type 
- if I have an empty database with no tables.  Finished now - "The data content could not be 
loaded.  S1000 General error java.lang.NullPointerException in statement [SELECT * FROM 

Follow the wizard. If you do not want to use the generated primary key, you have to select one 
(or more) of your columns to be the primary key in the second (or third?) step. Use the context 
menu then.
Do not trust the type detection, but set every type by yourself.

Version C
You have already a database and want to import your spreadsheet into a given table.
Nearly the same as in version B, but on the first dialog page of the wizard you have to choose to 
append your data.

Since B doesn't work, this one is obviously not going to work either.  It doesn't.
In the second step you can match the columns of the spreadsheet to the columns of the data base 
table. Rearrange the columns in the dialog list of the spreadsheet source, not in the part of the 
database table.


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