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excel 2003 date values

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by ndbwhunter, Nov 24, 2009.

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  1. ndbwhunter

    ndbwhunter Thread Starter

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    I am trying to import an excel file into access. Everytime I import it two of my date columns get imported as the date serial number instead of the date value. All of my other date columns import just fine, and are formatted the same within the excel file. The two columns that import in the wrong format have "Unknown" in place of the date. What can I do to get the dates to import as a date value and the "Unknown" cells to import as "Unknown" into access?
     
  2. turbodante

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    As you’ve figured out, it is these ‘unknown’ entries which is causing Access to change the rest of the column to their serial numbers. Access is very particular in the data formats of each column, so the fact that dates are mixed with text does not sit right with it.

    I would suggest that you leave those unknowns as blank.

    Also, I believe OBP will be along shortly to correct what I’ve said.
     
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