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How do I convert an alphanumeric field in SSRS and export to excel to avoid the number stored as text error?

Posted on 2011-02-22
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I have a report with 12 columns. 11 columns export fine to excel.  However,  I have one of the SSRS columns that is an numeric & alphanumeric, aaa1111....etc..  When I export to excel and I open the file to view I have the green error mark in the cells of that column that are just numbers.

If I change to  the expression =CDbl(Fields!your_numerical_column.Value) on the field all of my numbers only are corrected but the alphanumeric have errors.   Please assist.

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by:HainKurt
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try wrapping it into " for that column

expression = '"' + ... + '"'
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by:rhservan
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Here is the expression that I placed on that field:

=""+Fields!TrailerNumber.Value+""

This worked only on the alphanumeric but not the numeric only.
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by:HainKurt
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try

=""""+Fields!TrailerNumber.Value+""""
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="'"+Fields!TrailerNumber.Value+"'"

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This worked to remove the errors in excel:
=""""+Fields!TrailerNumber.Value+""""
However, in both the report and excell it shows the double quote around the values.  Is there a way to hide them?
E.g. - "41244" or "JBHY3277"
Or perhaps another method.  I am testing the other expression now.
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Second expression results:
This worked to remove the errors in excel:
="'"+Fields!TrailerNumber.Value+"'"
However, in both the report and excell it shows the double quote around the values.  Is there a way to hide them?
E.g. - '41244' or 'JBHY3277'

This seems to be pretty much the same issue with the single quotes.   Waiting for further advisement.
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by:HainKurt
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what is your query?
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by:rhservan
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Is there a particular part of the query you need to view?
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the part for "aaa1111"
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Here is the query.
EESample.txt
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which column is creating issue?
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Trailernumber
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also can you please post a sample excel file that shows the issue...
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Excel in .png format png file from snagit
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can you please post a small sample of that excel file
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as an excel file, attachement I mean
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Here you go.
EESamplexls.xls
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HainKurt earned 500 total points
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when you select  A2:A15 and click the icon -> Ignore error it goes away
or go to error checking options and uncheck "enable background error checking"

what happens is you enter the heading and excel thinks that column is text
and when you enter a numeric value under that, excel warns you...

it is not a big deal... when a numeric data is entered "12345" excel puts it as text and adds that warning...
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when you select a range make sure first cell has that green option... so you can ignore all warnings for that selection...
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Just to confirm, the solution is only in Excel and not in SSRS?
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