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Converting to Date Upon Upload from Third Party Software

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Hi,

This is no doubt a familiar problem.
I have found some solutions on the web but none quite works for me.

I have an Add-in in Excel which facilitates the loading of data into Excel from a financial package.

Column "A" contains data which is sometimes interpreted as a DATE by Excel.
How do I stop this?
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Question by:Patrick O'Dea
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by:Patrick O'Dea
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... As the OP I have a solution.
Before I import the data into Excel ... I have set column a to be a "text" field and when imported it does NOT convert to a date.

However, I would appreciate any other suggestions???

THanks,
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Ryan earned 2000 total points
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Its hard to tell what an add-on might do. It could be the add-on tries to figure out the datatype and theres little you can do, or it can be that once the data is on the sheet excel does the datatyping.

Typically setting the format of the column which will have Data look a likes to be text, before  importing.  

If you'd like to cleanup your solution, then I might suggest creating a macro that redefines the datatype as you're doing, then calls the add-on.
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by:Patrick O'Dea
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Thx,

Amazing how this problem has been around from years!
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