Import XLSX spreadsheet to an InDesign table: the "-1" problem
InDesign CS4 - CC2017
Generate an Excel spreadsheet that contains at least one cell with the value "-1". Save as XLSX. Import/place (cmd-d) this file as "unformatted table".
the cells with the value "-1" should still have this value.
the cells are empty. All other values seem to show up correctly.
Additional information: Working regularly on Annual Reports with 100+ tables, our choice is to import as „unformatted table“ and to do all formatting in InDesign. After changes in Excel, all we have to do is updating the linked tables via the link panel. Table contents change, formatting stays. Perfect. But we are dependent on our clients still willing to use the outdated XLS format.
Please have a look at this problem! Thank you in advance.
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I have same "-1" problem with xlsx file (InD 2021 – 16.1)
I try to save Excel file in old xls format and that fix the problem: InDesign import the right text content.
I am using the WordsFlow plugin to import .xlsx files and I have the same problem.
This issue persists - earlier today I updated to v 15.1.2.
Hello Adobe Team,
the issue is still open at our side (version 15.1.1). Do you have any updates?
we face the same issue like Annika and John. By when do you assume to fix this issue?
We are working with version 15.0.3.
I have the same problem as John Mortensen. I am working with financial reports and when placing Excel-tables in InDesign the cells with refers to another cell in Excel says "-1". When are you fixing this?
I am also having an issue when relinking the excel sheet, the blank columns in excel fill in with -$1
Steve DAgostino commented
Any fix for this yet?
John Mortensen commented
I still have an issue with this. When linking xlsx files to InDesign I receive a "-1" when the linked cell in Excel contains a formula that returns text from a cell in a different worksheet in the same workbook. Numbers come in just fine.
InDesign ver 15.0.1 Win 10 workstation
Payal Awasthi commented
Thanks for reporting this issue.
We have verified this issue and it is currently under review.