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Numbers changing to date in Excel for Mac

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Jaxso, Jan 10, 2013.

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  1. Jaxso

    Jaxso Thread Starter

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    I'm not a Mac user, but a person I am working with is....
    We have data exported from various applications into xls or csv files. When I open the files, I get the information needed. However, if the other person (using a mac) opens the file, the number field is changed to a date. The number input format is xxxx-xxxx & displays for her as x/x/xxxx. The date numbers are not at all similar to the orginal numbers (Example 1012-2012 does not display as 10/12/2012 but as 8/1/2514).
    She is using excel for Mac 2011
    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Keebellah

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    Hi, welcome to the forum,
    The problem is that the is too much 'intelligence' built in Excel.
    Excel makes it's own intertrepation when enetring a number and if 'it thinks that it's a data' it set the format to date format.

    When importing a csv file you can also set the the format general but I don't know how the MAc version does this.
    You could Google something like "Excel maintain original fort when reading csv file" and see what that brings you.

    You have to thank Miscrosoft for this 'built in intelligence':)
     
  3. Jaxso

    Jaxso Thread Starter

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    Thank you I will check out maintaing orginal format. This is so frustrating that she is thinking about changing number schemes but there is about 2 years worth of data & I'm trying to avoid a buch of unnecessary work.
     
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