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I have a comma delimited text file with double quotation marks surrounding text.  Within each line is a field for dates but they are designated as text(,"01/01/1998",).  Ultimately I need to import these into Access but prior to this I modify the files using a VB program which reads, modifies, and outputs the data.  During this modification process, I have been using CDate() to convert the text date (,"01/01/1998",)into a date data type (,#1998-01-01#,) but when importing into Access, I get an error.  Is there another function or statement I should use to convert the text date into a date data type that Access will recognize?

Thanks in advance, showme

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When you use CDate()in vb are you using it like this?

Dim dl As String
 dl = "01/01/1998"

MsgBox (CDate(dl))  This will give you 1/1/98 as a date.  I don't see the problem.  If I am missing something let me know.


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I find that for these problems using the 01-JAN-1998 format gives the programs least chance to forget which country they are in.

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I am going to research this. In the meantime you should re-open this to other experts

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I still am confused.  I pasted this #1998-01-01# into a querygrid, it still gives me 1/1/98 as a date.  when you import is your table set up as a date field?
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Specialist,
Thank you for looking into this, I appreciate it.  By the way, try creating a text file an simply put #1998/01/01# (the result of using Cdate()on the text date)in it.  Next try importing it into Access specifying that the above date is a date/time data type.  This should produce the error that I am encountering.  Granted, this whole problem may disappear if I were to directly put the data into an Access table instead of outputting a modified text file and then importing into Access, but since I have the problem I may as well try to figure it out.

Thanks again, showme
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I tried your example and I see what your problem is.  In my view without extensive research your options are as follows.  If you are using visual basic to export to a text file use the MID function that I gave you earlier to export it without the #.

Then you can import it as a date/time field

your other option and probably easiest is to import to access as text and do a query on that and the querygrid would be like this.  Assume the date in the text file is #01/01/1998#

newfieldname:cdate(mid([fieldfromtable]2,10)) this will convert the text to a date format.  It is easy and problably what you want to do.


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Specialist,
Thanks again for the help.  It seems rather odd that Access is unable to read date literals from a text file but them's the breaks I guess.

Regards, showme
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