In order to help you organize your research projects, CLC Genomics Workbench lets you import all kinds of files. E.g. if you have Word, Excel or pdf-files related to your project, you can import them into the Navigation Area of CLC Genomics Workbench. Importing an external file creates a copy of the file which is stored at the location you have chosen for import. The file can now be opened by double-clicking the file in the Navigation Area. The file is opened using the default application for this file type (e.g. Microsoft Word for .doc-files and Adobe Reader for .pdf).
External files are imported and exported in the same way as bioinformatics files (see Import of bioinformatic data). Bioinformatics files not recognized by CLC Genomics Workbench are also treated as external files.
There is a special tool for importing data from Vector NTI. This tool is a plugin which can be downloaded and installed in the CLC Genomics Workbench using the plugin manager.