Export to Excel from a lotus notes database

Hi all,


1. Is there a way to get users to select the Columns/Fields that they need to export from a view as opposed to preset columns?

Reason, we have 100s of fields which not every user uses, those who only require to look/export five of those want to be able to select those 5 prior to the export so that theyre not lumped to endless/usless spreadsheet.

2. Also, is there a way that when a view is exported to Excel, those columns that are blank in the spreadsheet can then be hidden automatically.

For example, I have a view with 20 columns/displaying 20 fields values. Some users may have data in all of those fields and other have data in 5 of those view columns/fields only.  For those that have the 20 fields full, their exported spreadsheet will display 20 columns with their data, but for those who have 5 completed fields and the rest is blank, the spreadsheet should display only those 5 columns with their data and hide the rest of the columns.

By the way, I have already a few Export to Excel routines which Exports a Notes View as is to Excel.

Any help in this matter will be much appreciated.
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Sjef BosmanGroupware ConsultantCommented:
Hi Varvoura,

Almost anything "presentation" that goes beyond the point of "here's the data, do whatever you want with it" is not part of Lotus Notes. On other words, AFAIK there's no standard options in Notes or in Excel to do what you want.

But you could write your own application to do that. Create an agent that first presents a DialogBox that asks for the user's options (remove empty columns, check data, whatever) and then exports directly to Excel. Seems very doable to me.

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1) Consider creating private views, or views for each specific need.

I hope this helps !
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