I assume they are numeric fields but that you want them to be strings.

One way to do it in the report is to use formulas for them like

ToText({YourField})

or

CStr({YourField})

You can control the number of decimals and the thousand separator as

CStr({YourField},0,"")

Another idea would be to modify the Excel file so the first row or 2 have dummy values that are definitely strings like xxxxx in those fields. Crystal looks at the first few rows to determine the datatype.

I don't know if just putting ' in front of the numbers in Excel if Crystal would treat them as strings or not.

mlmcc