Import excel spreadsheet into Sql Server schema - numbers become exponentials: Why? Fix?

Posted on 2007-04-09
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Last Modified: 2008-02-14
I have an excel spreadsheet that I import into a table in a SQL server schema. Once I import it, all the data appears perfectly EXCEPT a column (record_num), which has 6-8 digit numbers. On the Excel sheet this column displays the numbers just fine, but once I import it into a SQL table, the data in that column looks like this : "2.12043e+006" (instead of 2120426)

Now I looked at the SQL table's design and the data type is set to "varchar: 100"

If I re-format the column in excel as general, text, or number - I still get exponentials instead of the ACTUAL 6 or 8 digit number.

What am I missing? There's over 400 rows of data.
Question by:super786
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before inserting, format excel column as integer instead of text or general
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ID: 18876802
Is SQL SERVER check how other number columns with large values are displayed. Change setting of SQL SERVER Database.

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ID: 18877588
Ok now its giving me another error. Seems as though now the record_num is working fine (I changed it to text). But the other problem I am having now is the date_column. My SQL design for the table for this column is datetime :8, as it also is on the spreadsheet. I try and import it and now it says the date_column is in incorrect format. I tried text, general...no help. I tried saving it as csv, but still doesn't work.


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Oh and changing the design in of the SQL table is not an option (company rule)

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