Is there any way to copy data from an Excel file and paste it in the Grid Edit report?

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I am attempting to copy data from an Excel file and past it into the Grid Edit report. I know you can manually click each field and edit data in the grid edit, but I thought at one point, you could paste by "filling down."

I am beginning to think my only option is to import the .CSV file. However, I have had horrible luck with doing this as the fields never seem to match once imported.

Please help me!
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You cannot copy & paste into grid edit.  Using the import tool; you need to either a) match each and every field into the correct QuickBase field by checking each selection (use the checkbox to turn off 1st Row is Field Name) so that you can see what the column heading is from your spreadsheet and then match that column to the correct field in the table.

The other option is to extract from QuickBase a report containing the fields that you plan on importing back to QuickBase.  Remember to include the [Record ID#] or Key Field of the table.

Then copy/paste your info into the exported spreadsheet in the right columns.  Then when you do your Import; the fields should automatically align themselves correctly (you should ALWAYS visually validate) before clicking IMPORT.  If you don't do this, your data will either a) go into the wrong columns (which is a problem), b) not import because the field types are different and c) overwrite existing data which you then cannot undo.

Use the Import/Export window and always visually check each column heading is being imported to the correct column in QuickBase.
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.... actually, I think that you can copy and paste from excel into Grid edit.  I just spend an hour a couple of days ago coaxing data into an app for a client.

The trick is that Excel is from Microsoft. And IE or whatever they call their Browser these days is from Microsoft.  those two play nice together.  So you can copy and paste from Excel into Grid Edit in Internet Explorer browser.
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Excellent Mark. I never think about it.
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Ruby Kapil

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Have you tried it on WIndows 10, it is clunky and doesn't seem to paste. I got it work first time but after that it, it will bring up message to allow access to Clipboard, then when I select paste, nothing happens.
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I won’t have access to a Windows pc until next week.
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It works perfectly fine in IE 11 browser but not in Chrome or IE Edge browsers.
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It worked for me once but now it does not.  I've tried using Qbase from IE browser and no difference.  I thinking maybe I was using Firefox or Chrome.  Anybody else get this technique to work consistently