2.5 FAQ-412 How do I customize Drag and Drop for various import file types?

Last Update: 5/5/2020

When you drag and drop a file onto a new Origin workbook, handling of data files follows this logic:

  1. If import dialog settings have been saved to the sheet, these settings handle import.
  2. If no import dialog settings are saved to the sheet, Origin looks to the data folder for a matching Origin Import Filter (*.oif). If found, the import filter handles import.
  3. If there is no import filter in the data folder, Origin checks the User Files\Filters folder for a matching import filter. If a USER filter exists and the Support Drag&Drop filter box is checked in Filter Manager, then this filter handles import. If in addition to the USER filter, there is a filter in the SYSTEM\Filters folder and the Support Drag&Drop box is checked for the SYSTEM filter in Filter Manager, the Select Filter dialog opens prompting you to choose a filter.
  4. If no matching filter is found in User Files\Filters, then Origin checks to see whether there is an installed Data Connector that matches the file type. If a matching Data Connector is found, the Data Connector handles import (One exception is ASCII *.dat files; if the Support Drag&Drop filter box is checked for the SYSTEM filter in Filter Manager, that filter is used instead of a Data Connector).
  5. If no Data Connector is found and the Support Drag&Drop filter box is unchecked (or does not exist) in Filter Manager, Origin opens an attention box asking if you want to open the Import Wizard to import the file.

Origin ships with a standard set of Data Connectors for common data file types, but other Data Connectors are available. To find more Connectors, click Data: Connect to File: Add New... This opens the App Center where you can browse and add Data Connectors to your Origin software.

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