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How to finalize your entries and save the log book

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After you finish Step 1 of entering all of your timeslips and data, and you’re ready to see your charts, here’s how to do that:

Find your Sheet

When you first signed up, you received links in an email to your Timeslip Charts Entry Form(s) and the connected Digital Log Books. They are a pair: when you enter information into the form, it is placing it into the Digital Log Book sheet for you.

Each Form and Log Book sheet pair are only to be used for one vehicle each, to avoid mixing data if you have multiple cars.

NOTE this step is best done on a computer that has access to the internet. It can be done on your phone, but it is usually very difficult/annoying for most people – even a nerd like me – to save files and find them again this way.

Open the Digital Log Book. It will show you a spreadsheet of all the data you’ve been entering on the Entry Form. (This is also how you can alter data if you see that it’s wrong and you know what you are doing. Note the runs go left to right, with your opponent data to the far right. Be very, very careful if you’re wanting to change the data.)

Saving the Log Book

Saving as xlsx

The system needs the Log Book in Excel format. Some of you are probably quite familiar with Excel. It doesn’t matter for our purposes, we just need to click File > Download as > Microsoft Excel (.xlsx)

Choose where to save your file on your computer. I suggest creating a new folder on your computer where you’ll only keep your Digital Log Books, and naming each individual file something different when you save it. This way, you know what runs are on it.

For example, say you head to a Fling and you race for 5 days and you want to see what your charts look like from the event. You will need a fresh Log Book for the Form entries. (Click here to see the instructions for that.)

After you enter your timeslips from the Fling, perform the steps above to finalize and save the Digital Log Book. When you go to save it (#4 above) you could name it Spring Fling 2019.

Or if you had the 4 charts per year plan and wanted to split your season into Apr-May, June-July, Aug-Sept, All Season. You could name your files just like that as well, so that when you upload the files to the system (Step 3: #3) you will know which you pick. I’d advise choosing a title (Step 3: #13) similar to the name of the file itself, but we get into that later.

Click here to go to Step 3.