Has anyone come across this issue or dealt with ID numbers being exported from a lookup column? Is there a way that I can have the SharePoint list not export the numbers when I 'Excel export' the list?

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Excel Export: The red boxed ID are the ones that I would not like to include in the Export which are the Lookup columns. enter image description here

All help on this issue would be appreciated.


I don’t think that there is any solution for this. The problem is, that SharePoint has to convert all fields to string which will produce “LookupValue;#LookupId” as can be seen on your screenshot.

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    Is there a way that this can be manipulated in Excel? - Like have a function/etc that will get rid of ;#(Numbers 1-1000) – SLE Jan 9 '19 at 16:42
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    I am sure you could do something in Excel, but @lukas-nespor is right. SharePoint wil export the data how it is seen a layer down. Same as if you were moving the other direction. Your data would have to match what SharePoint expects. – lazoDev Jan 9 '19 at 17:25

There are workarounds for the issue:

  1. Turn off the “Allow multiple values” for the lookup column.

  2. If you must turn on the “Allow multiple values”, you could use the Substitute formula to remove the "#;#;" in the excel after exporting to the excel.

  3. You could create workflow to copy value from the lookup column to single line of text and set as the picture below.

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And the result as below:

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