SpreadsheetConverter automatically sends submitted web forms to any Inbox. The basic service is free. You enter the e-mail address in the Configure Submit options on the Workbook tab in the task pane.

You can build web forms that automatically get sent to your e-mail Inbox every time someone uses the form. For a small monthly fee, you can also have each submitted form stored in a hosted database for later retrieval. Read more about our Free and Advanced Submit Services.

When you create a web form, you need to specify to which e-mail address each submitted form is to be sent. There are also many other powerful options that let you tailor the forms submission process to your requirements.


Position the toolbar

SpreadsheetConverter inserts a toolbar in the converted web page. The Toolbar position setting allows you to place the toolbar Below the spreadsheet, Above the contents of the page, or Both.

To completely remove the toolbar, unselect all the action buttons (see below).


Select the action buttons for the toolbar

The toolbar can include a number of different action buttons. The most important one is Submit since this is the button that is used to send a completed form for processing. This checkbox must be checked for every electronic form.


Open the Configure Submit window

At the top of the Workbook settings, there is a button for configuration of the forms submission process, i.e. how completed forms should be forwarded for processing. Click on the button to open the Configure Submit window.


Enter the e-mail address that receives the forms

Enter the e-mail address to which you want completed forms to be sent.

If you just want a one-time demonstration of what an e-mail from the Advanced submit service looks like, select Demonstration. Instead of being sent to your Inbox, a copy of the e-mail will open directly in your web browser every time you submit a new form.

Select the Advanced submit service if you have a trial or paid license for it, or select the Free submit service that is included with your SpreadsheetConverter license. The main difference between the two is that the Advanced service stores each form in a database, and formats the e-mail you get for each form submission exactly like the web form, which makes processing the form a lot easier.

Secure delivery

If you have a license for the Advanced service, select the Secure Delivery option if you want the e-mail to contain just a link to the received form. This protects the form contents and any file attachments behind an additional login, making the e-mail you receive for the form look like this:

Screenshot of the e-mail from the Advanced Submit Service that contains just a link thanks to Secure Delivery

We recommend that you always use Secure Delivery if you allow file attachments for the form. Otherwise, file attachments are included in the e-mail with the completed form, which may cause problems if the files are very large.

“After submit” links

After a form has been submitted, a “Thank you” window is displayed. Like all other standard texts, you can change or translate the text in this window using the Configure Text setting described above.

If you want to provide a full thank-you-page of your own, e.g. to provide conversion tracking, enter its address in the After successful submit field. Click the button to the right of this field to verify that the address is correct; if it is, the page will open in your web browser.

Screenshot of the After submit links in Configure Submit

You can also provide your own handling of submissions where our server failed to receive or e-mail you the data. This can only happen when our server is stopped for some reason. The After failed submit link should point to a page that recommends the user to wait for ten minutes and then try again.

If a data entry wizard layout is used for a multi-sheet workbook, you can provide a Cancel button in the wizard that allows the user to leave the form without submitting it. In the After cancel in the wizard field, enter the address of the web page you want the user to arrive at after having pressed Cancel, e.g. a page where you attempt to convince the user to complete the survey anyway.

Use a better subject in the e-mail for each form

When forms are submitted, you will get one e-mail for each form. These e-mails will have a standard subject line, identifying each form with a sequence number.

Screenshot of an e-mail Inbox with sequentially numbered form submissions

In many cases, it is much easier to find the right form among all the e-mails if you provide a better visual identification for the form, e.g.

  • the customer’s name
  • the city
  • and the street address.

To accomplish this you must first prepare the entire subject line you wish to use for each e-mail in a separate cell in the spreadsheet, using a formula like this:

=cust_name & " " & cust_city & " " & cust_street1

E-mail subject lines don’t have to be unique in any way, so it’s no problem if there will be several forms with the same subject. A customized subject line is probably much more useful than our standard sequence number anyway.

Assuming you have put the above formula in cell A8 of the spreadsheet, you can now use the Manage the email subject line setting to replace the standard e-mail subject with your own. Just click on the Select Cell button, then select cell A8 in Excel.

When you’re done, it will look something like this:

Screenshot of the E-mail subject setting in Configure Submit

There is also a shorthand notation: just give cell A8 the reserved name subject to assign the same setting.

Send the form to additional recipients, e.g. the submitter

By default, each submitted form is sent to the Form Recipient, i.e. the e-mail address you entered into the Configure Submit settings above.

You can also send a copy of the submitted form to the person submitting the form – we call this the Form Submitter – or to any other e-mail address available in the spreadsheet. All you need to do is to designate a cell in the spreadsheet where the user is required to enter a valid e-mail address, and a copy of the submitted form will be sent also to the e-mail address in this field.

We recommend that you always use the Email widget for e-mail address fields since it automatically validates the syntax of the address and can make the field mandatory. As an example, if the submitter’s e-mail address is in cell A7 of the spreadsheet, you can now use this in the Send copy of email of submitted form to the submitter setting to provide an additional e-mail address. Just click on the Select Cell button, then select cell A7 in Excel.

When you’re done, it will look something like this:

Screenshot of the Copy to submitter section of the Configure Submit settings

There is also a shorthand notation: just give cell A7 the reserved name email to assign the same setting.

Sending e-mails between Form Submitter and Form Recipient

When a form contains an email field, it becomes easy for the person that submitted the form to communicate with the recipient, and vice versa.

  • If the Form Recipient replies to the received form, the reply is sent to the Form Submitter e-mail address. This makes it easy for the recipient to follow-up on form submissions and ask additional questions.
  • If the Form Submitter replies to the e-mail with the submitted form, this response is sent to the Form Recipient. This makes it easy for the submitter to provide additional information.

Use your own script for SpreadsheetConverter forms

If you prefer to use your own script to process each submitted web form, enter a link to that script in the URL field.

Screenshot of the I have my own script setting in Configure Submit

If a worksheet contains two input fields, “cust_name” and “cust_city”, the values in these two fields are appended to the link to your script, making it look like this:


Data is encoded according to the HTTP Post standards, e.g. a space is represented as “%20”. Please contact our support department if you need help on how to decode the query string of an HTTP Post operation.

The following parameters will be available to your script in the query string:

  • xl_version=16.0.0 – identifies the file format
  • (name1)=(value1) where (name1) is the name assigned to the first input cell in the form and (value1) is the content of that cell
  • (name2)=(value2) the name and content of the second input field in the form
  • etc

Only the form fields that are open for input are sent to the script. If there are 22 input fields in a form, there will be 22 name-value-pairs in the query string of the link to your script, plus one for the xl_version.

If you intend to use this feature, you should assign names to all the input cells in the form. Otherwise, SpreadsheetConverter has to refer to cells with an internal Excel coding that is based on the rows and columns of the original spreadsheet. Please contact our support department if you need help decoding this format.

Translating the messages from submit

When a user presses the Submit button, all the form field are validated against the rules set for them, either in widget definitions or using Excel’s Data Validation. If one or more fields don’t pass this validation, they will get a red border and a message is issued. This message can be translated in the User Settings > Customize Text.

Screenshot of the validation messages in the User Settings

When the submit is valid, a message box will say that the new form is being queued for processing and then confirms that the submit operation was successful. These messages can also be translated in the User Settings > Customize Text.

Screenshot of the confirmation messages in the User Settings

The text for the Submit button itself can be translated. If your form uses a standalone Submit button in a cell, it will get its text from the cell itself.

If the Submit button is in the toolbar, the text for this and the other buttons can be translated in the User Settings > Toolbar Buttons.

Screenshot of the toolbar button texts in the User Settings

There is a help page about translation.

Special functions

Our form solutions provide lots of added value:

  • You can lock or hide form fields.
  • You can make form fields mandatory.
  • You can validate most common field formats like dates, numbers and e-mail addresses.
  • All named cells can be pre-filled from the link to the form, e.g. /form.htm?email=x@y.z&subject=Application.

Read more in the tips and tricks section.

Learn more

Some of our tutorials partly focus on the Configure Submit settings:

Known issues

Sending electronic forms from a web browser to a web server and then on to an e-mail client has a few known issues.

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