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Hi,

I have a 16 digit number in a tab delimited text file. When I import it into excel, it does one of the following:

1) converts the last digit into a zero if i do the following formatting:
xlsheet.columns(2).NumberFormat = "#"

2) converts the number into scientific notation if i do the following formatting:
xlsheet.columns(2).NumberFormat = "@"

I thought the second should treat it as text!

Does anyone know what sort of formatting is needed in order to leave the number as is. I dont know if this makes a difference, but I am importing the tab limited file using the following code:

dim CSVBook as workbook
dim xlBook as workbook

Set CSVBook = Workbooks.Open(filename)
CSVBook.Sheets(1).Copy xlBook.Worksheets(1)
CSVBook.Close

xlbook.saveas FileName:=newFileName, FileFormat:=xlExcel9795

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
AJ

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by:[ fanpages ]
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Hi AJ,

Regardless of the number of digits displayed or formatted, MS-Excel stores numbers with up to 15 digits of precision.

If a number contains more than 15 significant digits, Excel converts the extra digits to zeros (0).

Could you change your file to enclose the digits in quotation marks prior to import,
e.g.
"1234567890123456"<tab>etc.
?

BFN,

fp.
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by:aj_2003
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Hi fp,

I tried putting quotes around the 16 digit number - excel removes the quotes and still makes the last digit a zero. Any other ideas of how to import the number as text?

Also, are there any invisible characters that I can place before or after the number? I tried putting a space before/after but excel simply removed it. When I place a single quote, it works but they are visible when viewing the excel file.

By the way, what's BFN (Be a Fan?)?

Thanks
AJ
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by:aj_2003
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never mind...i figured it out.
recording vba macros can be very handy!

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OK, never mind then :)

B)ye F)or N)ow,

f)an p)ages
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Agreed.

The asker fixed his/her own problem.

If possible, could he/she post the solution that addressed the original question for future readers?

Thanks.

BFN,

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