I have a load of Irish grid references that I need to create a map of in Ireland - any advice? Tried to input a couple of refs and open in Biological record tool thinking this would be simple but hey ho, I'm asking for help now! See the CSV example - what am I doing wrong?

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  • Remove the letters in the coordinates (eg. E296351 should just be 296351). To add the csv file to QGIS, go to Layer > Add Delimited Text Layer... making sure the First record has field names option is selected. Define your point X and Y fields in the Geometry definition and pray it works :) – Joseph Oct 19 '15 at 14:10
  • Thanks Joseph - did try this also, but then I get issues with the fields, whereby the Northings also has 296351 in it, from cell B2? – SNA user1969 Oct 19 '15 at 14:19
  • You may need to clean up your csv file, the X and Y fields should only contain coordinates. – Joseph Oct 19 '15 at 14:35
  • Ok, so the cvs only has the numbers in, no letters or names, still the fields are field_1, coordinates in B1 and A2, or field_3. – SNA user1969 Oct 19 '15 at 14:55
  • and states that there is no data found in file... – SNA user1969 Oct 19 '15 at 14:56

From the screenshots it looks like you're on a Mac, using Excel. When saving a CSV from Mac Excel, you have to select the 'Windows comma separated' format instead of the first CSV option in the save-as list ... otherwise QGIS doesn't interpret the file correctly.

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  • It's a super-annoying problem that loses me a little time every week! – Simbamangu Nov 13 '15 at 9:03

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