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About the Classification Download

Fields in the Classification text download file are delimited by commas and enclosed in double quotes. Ranks are in the first field, scientific names in the second, and common names in the third. If you want to recreate the hierarchical indentation of the original report, bring the report into a word processing program as text and globally replace the rank names with tabs + rank names, adding an additional tab for each step down the hierarchy. Then select the entire report and adjust the tabs to your liking. You can import this file into many databases or spreadsheets. For example, first save the .txt file, then open in Microsoft Excel by specifying "Text Files" in the file type scroll box, and import by specifying "Comma" as the delimiter. Or use the file directly in Excel: copy it from the screen, paste it into a new worksheet, and select "Text to Columns..." from the Data menu.