How can I export my contacts from my iPhone?

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Episode 1424

David from Logansport, IN

David wants to know how he can print out the contact list from his iPhone. Rich says that the best way to do this would be to export his contacts as a CSV (comma separated values) file, and then he can open it into a spreadsheet like Excel. There may be an app that will do it for him, but if he uses Google contacts, he can export them from there.

How can I backup my Steel database?

Episode 1263

Dale from Santa Monica, CA

Dale uses a database program called Steel. It's being killed off and he can't get the data out of it. Leo says he'll have to be able to export it somehow in the 'save as' option. Dale says he can save it as a text file. He should look for 'comma separated values' or 'tab separated values.'

Dale should download TextWrangler from Bare Bones software. It has a setting called 'show invisible' and with luck, there will be structure to it that he can take advantage of and import it into a spreadsheet.

How can I export an old database to modernize it?

Episode 1039

Bill from Buena Park CA

Bill has a really old database written in Q&A and it has a lot of data in it. It's 35 years old, and he's concerned that he'll lose it all. Leo says that backup is vital, but the real issue is to be sure Bill guards that program. He has to make an "export" that's readable by other databases. CSV is probably the best option. It would allow him to export it into Excel or other programs. Leo says it's time to modernize the database itself. Leo suggests hiring a consultant who can do it.