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How can I convert from MS Excel to .dbf ?


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#1 katkat

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 07:36 PM

I am using software that requires me to use database files as input, and I can no longer make them in Excel. I am using Windows XP and Office 2007. I've tried saving as a tab delimited text file and then importing that to Access. However, Access doesn't save as .dbf either. There is free conversion software on the internet, but I don't like to run those out before checking here. (Actually, I only found this site tonight when I couldn't connect to Spyware Info which I've used for years.) Does anyone have some good suggestions? Thanks in advance. kat

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#2 paws

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 02:24 AM

Hi kat., I've put a response here:
http://forums.whatth...774#entry656774
Hope it helps..
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#3 katkat

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 05:17 AM

Thank you very much. I appreciate the response. The page you sent me to confirms that I can't save an excel file as a .dbf, and it tells me that I can open dBase IV files in Excel 2007, but not save them in .dbf. There are some questions in Italian, which I cannot really read, but even those seem to be frustration at not being able to save as .dbf without any offers of help. For saving a Word document to .pdf, I was able to find a plug in which works fine. I was wondering if there was one for saving Excel to .dbf or if anyone on this forum knows of a good conversion software. Thanks for any help. kat

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 10:48 AM

I've not had to use one myself...(yet!)..but maybe one of our members or visitors here has experience, and will post back Regards paws
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Posted 02 June 2010 - 01:58 AM

Hi katkat

There is a free Excel to pdf convertor here

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#6 paws

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Posted 02 June 2010 - 02:08 AM

its opening/saving as a .dbf that's needed.... kat already has the pdf issue sorted... :thumbup:
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Posted 02 June 2010 - 02:14 AM

Hi Paws :blush: My apologies - didn't read it properly Satchfan

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Posted 02 June 2010 - 02:24 AM

no worries..... its a good link for folks who may find this post later via their search engine, who are looking to use .pdf :thumbup:
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Posted 20 June 2010 - 08:40 PM

Kat,

You could try:

SaveDBF that is an Excel 2007 add-in that helps convert and/or save a native DBF file that was edited with Excel 2007.

Two common scenarios are supported:

1) Open a native DBF file in Excel 2007 – Make changes – Save as a native DBF file with the changes. OR

2) Open/create an Excel file that looks like a database (headers/columns/rows) – Save as a native DBF file.

http://thexlwiz.blogspot.com

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 10:22 AM

Kat,

You could try:

SaveDBF that is an Excel 2007 add-in that helps convert and/or save a native DBF file that was edited with Excel 2007.

Two common scenarios are supported:

1) Open a native DBF file in Excel 2007 – Make changes – Save as a native DBF file with the changes. OR

2) Open/create an Excel file that looks like a database (headers/columns/rows) – Save as a native DBF file.

http://thexlwiz.blogspot.com

Gyula


To Kat and other Readers,

WTT Forums has not reviewed the linked Excel 2007 add-in offered here by Gyula.
Ordinarily we do not support un-reviewed software.
However, this offered solution appears to be one of very few solutions available for your situation.
It is offered free.
A donation is requested by not required.
Use of this linked software is YOUR Choice, at your own risk.

More solutions may now be available with the release of MS Office 2010.

To Gyula,
Thanks for your courtesy in responding and offering this solution.

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#11 thexlwiz

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 10:30 AM

Just to clarify, the add-in is not free, but is provided to some non-profit organizations free of charge such as the Nature Conservancy Group and some others. Gyula

#12 Doug

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Posted 21 June 2010 - 11:14 AM

Thanks for the clarification, Gyula.
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