How to Import Excel Spreadsheets Into MicroStation

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How to Import Excel Spreadsheets Into MicroStation
MicroStation is a leading CAD/CAM software package that can import Excel files. (colourful 3d cube image by Gongea Alexandru from

MicroStation is an industry-leading Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) program that uses a comma separated value (CSV) text file as an internal method of storing level information for multiple layer and level drafting files. Excel is an excellent editor for generating comma separated values.

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Things you need

  • MicroStation 8i
  • Excel 1995 or later

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  1. 1

    Open in Excel the file you want to import into MicroStation.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Office" button. Select "Save As."

  3. 3

    Choose "Comma Separated Values" from the file format drop-down in the dialogue box that opens.

  4. 4

    Click "Save" to save the file.

  5. 5

    Open MicroStation.

  6. 6

    Click on the "File" menu. Select "Levels" and choose "Import" from the dialogue box.

  7. 7

    Navigate to where you saved the CSV file created earlier. Click "Open" to import the file.

Tips and warnings

  • While this procedure will show you how to get files from Excel into MicroStation, making sure the file is a useful one within MicroStation will require reading the manual. If you want to link Excel data within the MicroStation file (as opposed to importing it as level information), see the Resources section.

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