Data Merge - import files greyed out

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Sep 09, 2021 Sep 09, 2021

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Hi All,

 

I'm trying to perform a data merge on a business card design but when I go to choose the data file it's greyed out. It was working earlier today but now it's not - even with the same files.

 

Screenshot 2021-09-09 at 11.23.30.png

 

I have created a new blank .indd file and various new data files with very limited basic data, using a wide variety of .csv and .txt formats and saving in both Excel and TextEdit, but none of my data files are recognised for import. If I choose to show all documents rather than just readable, and select any file I get this error message.

 

Screenshot 2021-09-09 at 11.23.54.png

 

Mac has been rebooted several times.

 

Having Googled extensively I can't find any mention of this issue 😞

 

TIA, Mandy

 

MacBookPro - Big Sur - InDesign 16.1 - Excel for Mac 16.16.2

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Adobe Community Professional , Sep 09, 2021 Sep 09, 2021
Hi Mandy, you have the Text Variables window open. So the Load command can only see InDesign documents and IDML files where you can load text variables from. Data Merge is something entirely different: The Data Merge panel is accessible from Window > Utilities. More details: https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/data-merge.html Regards, Uwe Laubender ( ACP )

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Hi Mandy,

you have the Text Variables window open. So the Load command can only see InDesign documents and IDML files where you can load text variables from. Data Merge is something entirely different:

 

The Data Merge panel is accessible from Window > Utilities.

More details:

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/data-merge.html

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

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Doh!!

 

Thank you so much, what a schoolgirl error!

 

You wouldn't believe how long I've been trying to get this to work 😄

 

Mandy

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