Creating a column descriptor (COL) file

About this task

A column descriptor (COL) file is an ASCII text file that contains instructions for mapping each column in a source file into the fields and columns of a Notes® view. Use a COL file only with tabular ASCII files and worksheet files.


  1. Use any ASCII text editor to create a file with the extension COL.
  2. Use the column descriptor keywords and syntax to describe how to import each column from the source file.
  3. Write formulas in a section that is delimited by the keywords FORMULASTART and FORMULAEND.
  4. Save and close the file.