Best Practices and Troubleshooting Tips for Unito’s Microsoft Excel Integration

Before you start syncing information to Excel, here's a breakdown of best practices and troubleshooting tips for this integration.

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Check that the Unito add-in for Microsoft Excel is installed

When you first add an Excel spreadsheet to a Unito flow, you'll see this box pop up.

By clicking on Verify add-in status, Unito will automatically check to ensure the add-in for Excel is installed and properly configured. If it's not, you'll see this:

Click on Install Unito add-in, and you'll be directed to install the add-in and ensure it's fully configured.

You can find more details on how to install Unito's Excel add-in here.

Once that's done, clicking on Verify add-in status will give you this:

That means you've successfully installed the add-in and you're ready to keep building your flow!

Use the top row as a header

When you create a flow with Excel, Unito will look at the top row to find the fields it needs to sync. So if you named cell A3 "Description," you'd find a field called "Description" in Unito when it comes time to sync your information. That means you could map the description field in a tool like Asana or Trello to this field, and that column would be automatically populated with information pulled right out of the task descriptions in these tools.

It's a good idea to freeze the first row of your Excel spreadsheet. Otherwise, it might get moved around when you sort your data, which could break your Unito flow.

Add UnitoID and Last Modified columns

The UnitoID and Last Modified fields are essential for any Unito flow involving Microsoft Excel. Unito will only sync information found within these two columns. In the above screenshot, that means only information between the A and E columns will be synced. If you needed to add more data to your spreadsheet, you can absolutely create a new column, as long as it's between the UnitoID and Last Modified columns.

When you install the Unito add-in for Excel, you can automatically add these columns to your spreadsheet in just a few clicks.

You can hide these columns if you want, but they do need to exist. We don't recommend hiding them, however, otherwise someone in your workspace might accidentally delete them.

Columns didn't get automatically added?

Don't worry! Since these columns are just plain text, you can add them yourself. Just make sure that you create a new column called UnitoID at the extreme left of your spreadsheet and a new column called Last Modified at the extreme right.

Make sure your workbook is in the online version of Excel

A limitation in Excel's API means that workbooks and spreadsheets that use features only available in the desktop version of Excel can't be synced with Unito. Not sure if you're using these features? Check Microsoft's documentation here.

Some columns are no longer syncing

Check if the header cell for the columns that aren't syncing still match the field mappings in your Unito flow. If these cells were updated but you didn't change the field mappings to match these updates, Unito won't sync any data in these columns.