Hi All ,
Currently we are using DS to excel smart service to download excel file from the grid based on filters .
Problem : In The downloaded excel file lets say Column A is of type TEXT (Its CDT field type is Text in appian ) . Now the business wants it to be integer type in Column A in the downloaded Excel file .
Pre-requiste : We dont want to change the appian cdt type of that field into integer .
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Why don't you try changing the template. Make the column of type integer. The text value from the cdt will not get affected there.
Unlike the Excel Tools smart services like CDT to Excel or SQL to Excel, the DS to Excel OOTB smart service does not allow use of an excel base template at all, which is a big missed opportunity. This means it's not possible to preformat any columns for data type or even for width, headers, filters or the like.
Can you confirm if you are talking about this smart service?
We can provide the excel base template in "Document to update" field.
ankitab0001 said:"Document to update" field.
This field is used to update a different sheet in a workbook already created by another smart service node. This will create a new version of the given document not a copy of the document.
We can provide the excel base template in "Document to update" field
I've tried this and it does not work how you think. The formatting in the Document to Update gets completely overwritten with unformatted information once the smart service is run. Additionally it's hard to use a base template for this use case because the file passed in will be overwritten with the new version, whereas document generation smart services that take in a base template always leave the original template file untouched and create a new output file instead.
Thanks for the clarification. I tried this myself by providing the template in the said field. The good news is that the smart service is retaining the existing contents of the template and creating the new output as well, however, it is not retaining the excel formatting.
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