I have an Excel-97 file and a TXT file I need to import into Access and merge on SSN. Cell is formatted as text in both files. Access says it has a conversion error and does not load any records where SSN starts with a 0(zero)!!! There must be a way to do this. I can't believe a million other people don't need to do this! Yet the ZIP code formatted exactly the same way comes in great. The only difference I can see is 9-digits vs. 5-digits.????