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    "convert" data with logfile structure to spreadsheet structure

    Hi folks.

    This must be one of the top 10 classic Excel problems:
    How to automate the import of non-table-data into an Excel table?

    I have a logfile listing my mobile phone's calls and SMS. Each entry is separated with a "----------" line.

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    Now what I want to do is import all the data into a table.
    The result should look like the attached image.

    What must I do?
    Thank you so much.
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    Re: "convert" data with logfile structure to spreadsheet structure

    Try this:

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    Edit the InitialFilename string to the path where your files are most likely to be.

    Also, I set the filter to text files, you can edit that to whatever extension your data file usually has.
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    Re: "convert" data with logfile structure to spreadsheet structure

    Thank you so much, JBeaucaire!
    OMG, I just can't believe that you actually wrote some code just for my problem!!

    I am incredibly thankful and will try this out in a moment and will post the results.

    But does this mean, that the only way this can be done is in a programming language? I cannot resort to standard Excel manipulations somehow?

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    Re: "convert" data with logfile structure to spreadsheet structure

    like this with functions
    i havent bothered to hide #VALUE! but it is easily done if required
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    Re: "convert" data with logfile structure to spreadsheet structure

    My macro is actually creating the table for you using worksheet functions, I just put the formula into a macro.

    This is the formula I put in B2 and copy down and across as far as needed, then I remove the formulas and flatten the values:

    =SUBSTITUTE(INDEX($A:$A, ((ROW(A1)-1)*15)+COLUMN(B1)),B$1&"=","")

    Try that...just put your data in column A, then that formula in column B starting at B2, then copy the cell...the rest of the data reformats.

    Lastly, the macro version just deletes the column A raw data.

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    Re: "convert" data with logfile structure to spreadsheet structure

    thank you! I gave rep points to both of you.

    It will take me a bit to familiarize myself with the concepts, but I will definitely give feedback here once I have figured it out. Thank you so much.
    Last edited by boarders paradise; 01-10-2011 at 04:01 AM.

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    Re: "convert" data with logfile structure to spreadsheet structure

    If that takes care of your need, please click EDIT in your original post, click GO ADVANCED and set the PREFIX box to SOLVED.

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    Re: "convert" data with logfile structure to spreadsheet structure

    thank you JBeaucaire and martindwilson.
    you really had clever ideas. As far as I can see this does exactly what I need.
    I always mark as "solved".
    Just give me a little time to look through your instructions and help.
    Thank you.

    (EDIT: deleted some confused stuff I wrote before putting my specs on :-)
    Last edited by boarders paradise; 01-10-2011 at 02:13 AM.

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