How do I get Data Shuttle to pull information exactly as it's listed in the source file?

Options

I have a column in my source file that includes alphanumeric characters - some characters include an E, which is being translated as an Exponent of 10. Example: 311E9 is being changed to 311000000000. I want the smartsheet to pull the number exactly as it's listed in the source file. Any suggestions? Thank you!

Answers

  • Michael Culley
    Michael Culley ✭✭✭✭✭
    Options

    This is a good question and I'm curious of the answer. Not the best option but what happens if you change the column type to "text" on excel before you use data shuttle?

  • hwilcoxson
    Options

    I updated the number format to text in the source file, but unfortunately that didn't work. Great idea, though!

  • Michael Culley
    Michael Culley ✭✭✭✭✭
    Options

    Well this may be a silly workaround but perhaps the best way is to highlight the whole column in Excel, do control + F, then replace the E with an X.

    Then once it uploads to the smartsheet, you can repeat that and convert the X back to an E.

    Or you can have a formula column on your smartsheet that automatically converts that column back:

    =REPLACE([column]@row, FIND("X", [column]@row), 1, "E")

    I use formula columns alot with data shuttle because I often don't get the results I'm looking for. But it still makes life easier having that feature in my opinion.