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Using URLs in Import_Duplicates.csv.

When you are importing records, CiviCRM will generate an error report if it finds a duplicate record or records. You can download this as a csv file and open it in Excel (or any other text editor).

The second field in each entry is the URL of the existing entry so that you can look and see if it is a true duplicate or not. This field is a URL exported in XML format with http entities and looks like;cid=9999

Notice the &.amp.;

If you paste this link into your browser it will give you an error message:

Sorry. A non-recoverable error has occurred.
Could not find valid value for cid
Return to CiviCRM menu.

To use it you need to replace the &.amp.; html entity with a single '&' (use search and replace if you have many records) so the link looks like

This will take you correctly to the existing record.

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