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Posted on 2013-11-15
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I am importing dates from MSSQL 2008 R@ to Excel 2013

The dates come in as text and I have to do the "Text to Columns" every time I import.

Is there a way to make them come in as dates so I do not have to convert them every time??
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by:John_Vidmar
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If you used Get External Data from the Data ribbon then your import should retain data-types.  In your SQL database-table, are the date-fields defined as datetime or varchar?  If they are defined as varchar then you could CAST into datetime by altering the SQL generated by Excel.
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by:HDM
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they are defined as date.

I could change these simply if there is a better format.
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by:HDM
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I am currently using the tab "From Other Sources" under the "Get External Data" tab.

Under that i use the "From SQL server" option
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Your import technique is correct and should retain data-type.

My MSSQL 2008 R2 database is using collation-sequence SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS (not sure if that makes a difference), build 7600. Unfortunately, I do not have Excel 2013, I'm using Excel 2007.

When I import varchar fields that contain only numbers then Excel views that field as text (which is correct, retains data-type). When I import datetime fields then Excel retains date formats (i.e., the final Excel field is not text).  When I import integer fields then Excel formats the field as a number (which is correct).
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Thanks!!
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