Excel file

This generator pulls data from an Excel 2007+ file (*.xlsx).

How to configure the generator to use Excel file content:

  • Random values
    • Randomly generate values from an Excel file.
    • File. Specify the source of the Excel file. Use the Browse… button to select a file.
    • Worksheet. Specify the Worksheet to use.
    • Column. Specify the column to use.
    • Restrict to values between. Will only use values that are within the specified limits.
    • Include random blanks. Allowing random blanks will mean that you generate empty strings among the values for use in the field or data type.
  • Sequential list
    • Generate a sequence of value from an Excel file starting with the first row.
    • File. Specify the source of the Excel file. Use the Browse… button to select a file.
    • Worksheet. Specify the Worksheet to use.
    • Column. Specify the column to use.
    • Restrict to values between. Will only use values that are within the specified limits.
    • Start new line. Always start with the first row in the Excel file.
    • Continue from previous list. If you run the De-Identication and it ends with the 13th entry, next time, it will start with the 14th one.

Note: If more than one field is configured using the same worksheet, the same row will be applied across a message. In other words, you can use an Excel file to ensure that several values will be used together. This can be useful when link a city with a zip code or a first name with a gender.

The examples below use the following content from a file named C:\MyDocuments\myExcelFile.xlsx

1 Road Runner M ACME Anycity 12345
2 The Coyote M ACME Anycity 12345
3 Sylvester The Cat M ACME Anycity 12345
4 Tweety Bird M ACME Anycity 12345
5 John Smith M   Anothercity 98765
6 Jane Doe F   Anothercity 98765

 

Example #1:

  • Random values
  • File: C:\MyDocuments\myExcelFile.xlsx
  • Worksheet: TheFirstSheet
  • Column: 2
  • Restrict to values between: 1 and 20 characters
  • Include random blanks: Unchecked

 

Generated Value
John Smith
Jane Doe
Road Runner
The Coyote
Tweety Bird

Example #3:

  • Sequential list
  • File: C:\MyDocuments\myExcelFile.xlsx
  • Worksheet: TheFirstSheet
  • Column: 3
  • Restrict to values between: 1 and 20 characters
  • Start new list
Generated Value
M
M
M
M
F