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Importing an excel file with a problematic date column

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Hi,
I have an excel file (attached ) with one column.
the problem is that this column have defferent formatting for a date.
this what i`m getting from external apps as export.

now i`d like to import this file into access.
but when i do that. it doesn`t recognize the column as a date , but as i text.which i don`t want to.
that`s because of the problem with the format.
how can i import the column as a date (fixing the problem through the importing process in access) , if one may help out , maybe using a vba code . or somethen:}
thnx in regard :}
DateProblem.xlsx
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by:Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)
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import the excel file to a temp table.
use a query to format the dates imported to the temp table and append the result to the destination table.

what date format do you have in your destination table?
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by:drtopserv
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dd/mm/yyyy
but how can i use a query to format it?
may a sample?
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by:Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)
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select cdate(format([datefield],"dd/mm/yyyy"))
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by:drtopserv
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but did you see the column in the excel file, it has 2 formats togother in same column
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1) earned 500 total points
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yes i did.. try my suggestion so you can see the result after running the query.

you can then convert the query into an append query.



what is your regional setting?

try this query and see which is more likely to return the correct value

SELECT Sheet2.Started, CDate(Format([Started],"dd/mm/yyyy")) AS Expr1, DateValue([Started]) AS Expr2
FROM Sheet2;
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by:drtopserv
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I LOVE YOU man!! heheh
it works!!! thnx alot..
plz may u have alook at my open Q:ID: 28158731
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by:drtopserv
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btw, in excel i couldn`t use :CDate or DateValue (didn`t work for me:} )
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