2.114 FAQ-1034 How to not use Data Connector when drag and drop data into Origin?

Last Update: 5/5/2020

Data Connectors are Origin's newest data import technology, offering easy drag-and-drop import of common file types. For instance, Text/CSV files containing date-time data are automatically handled and formatted as date-time in the worksheet. We recommend use of Data Connectors, when possible, as Connector technology is currently undergoing development, while older Origin import code is not.

That said, you may have an older Origin import routine that performs satisfactorily and you decide to stick with it. Since processing of dropped data files proceeds in a defined sequence, you can continue using your old if one of the following is TRUE:

  • Your import code is in a section of DOFILE.OGS, a file in your Program (SYSTEM) or User Files (USER) folder .
  • Your import code is saved in the sheet that is used for import.
  • Your import code is in an Origin Import Filter (*.oif) file saved to the folder where your data file is.
  • Your import code is (a) in an Origin Import Filter (*.oif) file saved to the User Files\Filters folder and (b) the Support Drag&Drop box for the User filter is checked in Filter Manager (Preferences: Import Filters Manager).
Filter Manager User Filter.png
  • Your import file is ASCII *.dat and your import code in one of the places listed above; or your import code is (a) in an Origin Import Filter (*.oif) file saved to your Origin Program \Filters folder (SYSTEM) and (b) the Support Drag&Drop box for the SYSTEM filter is checked in Filter Manager (Preferences: Import Filters Manager).
Filter Manager SYSTEM Filter.png

Modify the value of system variable @IFS to exclude specific file types from using a Data Connector when dropped onto Origin.


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