Categories semicolon separated instead of comma

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Hi all,

is there a way to tel mindmanager that my outlook 2013 in win7 uses ";" as separator for categories instead of "," of the english version?

I found searching in this community that this is the reason why I have the following problem:

When importing from outlook, mindmanager sees tasks marked with more than one category as a unique category.

i.e. let's say I have a task in outlook marked with the following 2 categories: "clientA" and "administration". When I import from outlook to mindmanager, the category of the topic is "clientA;administration". And in the index there is only 1 category "clientA;administration". So I can't properly filter for categories.

Obviously the correct behaviour would be recognizing 2 separated categories...

I could apparently solve changig the region settings in Win7 but it creates problems using excel when managing csv files, since in numbers decimals in the italian version are separated by a comma i.e. 1.35 (1 point 35) is 1,35 in italy.

So, is there in mindmanager a solution for this? Maybe a voice in preferences (I did not find that) or a macro.

Thank you for your support.
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Posted 6 years ago

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Nick Duffill, Champion

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Hello Ruber

MindManager should be able cope with this. For task resources, it will automatically use a semicolon to separate resource names if the names contain a comma (e.g. "Smith, John"). If categories are written by the API using a semicolon, MindManager 14 correctly converts into two tags. I can only guess that this is a bug in the Outlook sync.

Based on this, the following script might work to convert categories of the form "a;b" into separate tags. It is worth a try anyway.
Sub Main
    Dim m_Topic As Topic
    Dim s_1 As String
    For Each m_Topic In ActiveDocument.Range(mmRangeAllTopics)
        s_1 = Trim(m_Topic.Task.Categories)
        If Len(s_1) > 0 Then
            m_Topic.Task.Categories = ""
            m_Topic.Task.Categories = s_1
        End If
End Sub
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This has been a problem for several years in syncing Outlook categories with MindManager, dating back to the days when Mindjet decided to remove the custom categories text tag group in the upgrade from 8 to 9. At least they left the current limited facility to sync, but it has only ever worked if commas are set as the separator for CSV files in the region settings.
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Hi Nick and Alex, thank you for your support.

@Nick: your solution is almost perfect! So far, the script separates the categories and ADD these to the original string.
i.e. "clientA;administration" becomes "clientA, administration, clientA;administration". Is it possible to keep only "clientA, administration"?

Thank you. :-)