I am uploading lots of CSV files and using addressee and addressee custom it will skip the first and last name and leave me to do it manually.

edit: while renaming i realized I derped and addressee is something else.

Is there anyway to get first and last names separated from one column


If you are using excel / libre office / google sheets, you might want to use the built in spread sheet functionality to split the name column into two columns


Might be a lot easier and faster to do so locally.

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You mean you want to re-generate first and last name from the addressee column? I assume you want to do this with an SQL query or with a script? If so, yes you can (but you have to be carefull as you are editing directly in the DB and such....). The table is civicrm_contact and the columns are: first_name, last_name and addressee_display. Otherwise I would recommend removing the contacts and starting over I am afraid...

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  • It was more in the upload contacts, i have their first and last name in one column and i have bee putting it in addressee. Is there a way to directly put the first and last name in from the same column when uploading from a CSV file. – Jporter May 12 '15 at 13:46
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    I see :-) No, I do not think you can do that in the standard import. You would probably have to integrate the 2 fields into 1 in your csv before you import. – ErikH - CiviCooP May 12 '15 at 14:39

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