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Creating a sheet

Tip: This tutorial shows you how to create a Ragic database sheet from scratch through steps 1-5. If you want to create a database sheet by importing your data, check this section on creating a new Ragic sheet with your spreadsheet file.

Here is an overview on how the structure of your database would be once it is complete.

Step 1. Creating a Tab

You can create a new tab by clicking on the "+" sign at the top of your page.

(skip this step if you already have a tab you'd like to add your sheet to)

Step 2. Add a New Sheet to your Tab

You can create your new sheet from the tab configuration, or if you already have tabs, click on the "+" sign again. While naming your new sheet, make sure that it's under the correct tab (you can click on the correct tab during this step. Once you save this sheet by clicking the Create button, it will take you to the Design Mode of your new Form Page, as described in the last section.

Step 3. Create Fields in your New Sheet

Usually, the process of designing the page starts with creating new form fields for the Form Page. Start by typing in the field names that you would like to create, and line them up vertically. You can put these fields in more than one column if needed. Just remember to keep the space needed for the values of these entries.

When a field is created, remember that you can set the input types, which is generally the most often used attribute. If the field value is like a category, or if it will be repeated many times during input, choose Selection or Multiple Select. If the field is a Number or Date, it should be a good idea to set them accordingly. Ragic will set some field types according to what you're typing, but you can change this from the left sidebar. These fields all have their own formatting options, which will be discussed in the Field Types documentation.

Step 4. Adjusting the Height and Width of Fields

When the fields are created, you can adjust the height and width of a cell with your mouse by dragging the edges of the description column and rows of the sheet, just like how you would do it on a spreadsheet application such as Excel. This will make the form look a lot better.

When you're done, click Save and exit the design mode, you will see your form online and ready to take input.

Step 5. Pick the Fields Displayed in the Listing Page

Now let's take a look at your Listing Page, you can click on the back button at the upper left corner of your sheet to go to the listing page, which should contain all the fields that you just created.

Users usually don't like to have many fields in a listing, and to remove columns from the listing page, you can click on the Change Design button on the listing page to go to the design mode. Here you will see a listing page field selector. You can select the fields that you would like to display on the listing page, and decide on the order that these fields are displayed. You can also adjust the width of the columns like you have done in your Form Page. When you're done, don't forget to click Save to save your design.

Creating a Simple Ragic Database Video Tutorial

You can watch the process of creating a simple Ragic database sheet in the video tutorial below.

Create a Database Sheet by Importing your Data

You can use an Excel or CSV file to create a new sheet as you import your data into Ragic, instead of creating the Ragic sheet first. (If you would prefer to build a Ragic sheet first, please check the normal process of developing Ragic sheets.)

Note. if your Excel file includes some formulas, it can't be auto applied to Ragic sheet when you create a new sheet by importing. You will need to manually add them to your Ragic sheet design. For the list of supported formulas in Ragic, you can refer to here.

You can create a new sheet by clicking on the + sign at the top of your page.

Name your new sheet and check the box Create new sheet with my Excel file. This will take you to the import wizard. The step-by-step wizard will guide you through the field mapping process as well as other configurations for the data to import correctly.

Pick a file from your computer to upload into Ragic.

Ragic supports .xls .xlsx and .csv files. We recommend that you save your file as .csv for the best performance.

For Ragic to map your information correctly to entries, you will need to have a unique identification that we call key field, such as "Product ID" for products, or "Customer No." for your customers. To make your database easier to use, let the first column of your import data be this type of key field.

Determine if your first row is the header. If so, Ragic will automatically determine how the data in this row will be mapped to your fields for the next step.

You can choose an initial field type for each field.

There are many other field types available in Ragic, and you can later edit your fields according to your own requirements.

The last step is to import your data and create your new sheet in Ragic. This step can take up to a few minutes if you have a lot of columns and rows in your spreadsheet.

Congratulations, you have now created your new database sheet in Ragic.

Next step: Entering or Importing your Data

If you have already finished your design, the next step is to create new entries! You can do this by clicking the +New button on your new sheet, but if you already keep some data in spreadsheets, you can import your data directly into the fields you have just created.

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