thanks for the replies anthony.
I think i tried too many things at once and got a bit lost.
it's now importing ok !
for the txt file which shows the warning message....
I had moved all my csv files except one - which i had tried to amend to uses commas inside the file rather than columns.
I then put the csv files back to normal (with columns). and took note of the NULL message.
I changed the IDNo field to accept NULLs and it then it started working.
However, as for the IDNo field - i don't want to import this and didn't think I was importing it (because under mappings i only have column 0 mapped to 1 field called postcode - so didnt think this field should matter, but maybe it needs to be NULL if data is not being imported into it - due to data being iserted into the adjacent column?)