Importing new users – the file format

Users imported into LADS Plus For Networks can be added in a comma-separated simple text which may be a typical .CSV file coming from Microsoft ® Excel or a home-made text file which you can create by cutting and pasting into Wordpad or Notepad as a .TXT.

Up to six fields are required for each new user, as below.




Date of birth



Fields should be separated by a comma – so there should be 5 commas on each line.

Each new user’s details should be in a separate line.

The sex must be either M or F.

Date of birth must be in the standard British short date style dd/mm/yy

Names do not have to be in alphabetical order as they are sorted within the software.


Shown below is the sample file “Lads_import_example.txt” which can be found in Application Folder\Archives


Andrews,Sally,F,13/03/80,mypassword,main group





Sally Andrews will be allocated the password ‘mypassword’ and will be placed into a group called ‘main group’. If this group does not exist within the LADS Plus database it will be created automatically when the import file is processed within the software.

Henry Bloggson will not be given a password, but note that the comma must still be kept in his text line.

The other two individuals have not been allocated a password or a group, therefore their default security settings will be “Use date of birth as password” and the group will be the default one called “Universal”.

Again, note that you must keep the two commas at the end of the text lines to avoid errors during the importation of the file.