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Export to Excel From Access - File Error. Number Formats Lost

Posted on 2011-09-30
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Hello.

I'm using a macro to export data from an Access query to Excel.  It works fine but when I open the Excel File I get a dialog that says "File Error.  Some number formats may have been lost."

If I click OK everything looks as it should but this is an annoyance I'd like to do away with.  I've tried saving to .xls and .xlsx with no difference.

Any Ideas how I can fix this (from within Access preferably)?  

Thanks!
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Please help us by providing version numbers.  2010, 2007, 2003 ?
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Which Macro action do you use to create the Excel file?   Are you using a template?
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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Yes, and also post a sample of the resulting Excel file.

Sometimes these warnings are precautionary...
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...and not really indicative of any real issue with the file
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Sorry - I'm using Access and Excel 2007.  I have tried saving to xls or xlsx with the same result.  

The macro I'm using has the following properties:
Object type: Query
ObjectName: MyQueryName
Output Format: Excel 97 - Excel 2003 Workbook (*.xls)
AutoStart: yes
OutputQuality: Screen

I am not using a template.  And you are correct, there's nothing wrong with the data in the file but I'd like to not have the dialog box pop up.  It makes it look broken :)

Thanks for your help!
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Hi HE

That is what I'm dealing with and I had looked at that solution before posting.  I was hoping for something more graceful but I'm not finding much.  

Any other ideas?
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So will you be posting a sample file as I requested?
Yes or no?
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Hi Boag,

Thanks for your offer to help.  I don't want to seem ungrateful but, I'm concerned about posting the file.  I hope you understand.  

Is there something specific you would be looking for that I might be able to check?

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All we would need is a file that generates the same error.

So you can use the same file and obfuscate the data...
Or create a junk table and query and export that...

...as long as it generates the same error when opened in Excel...
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Hi guys,

I've been trying to get a file that will do the same thing but as soon as I change it to obfuscate the data it stops throwing the error.  It's kind of strange.  If I crate the Excel file from the macro in Access it opens up and I get the error.  If I close the spreadsheet and then open it back up again, I get the same error.  

But, if I click the save button in Excel without modifying any of the data and then open it back up again I don't get the error.  
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Then obfuscate the source data (the input) ...
Then you should get obfuscated data, that generates the error..., right?...
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Thanks guys.  Sorry for taking so long to close this.  It wasn't really resolved but HelloEverbody's solution would likely have fixed it.
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