Linked Excel and field character limit

Experts, it seems if you link to an excel file, the field in the report is limited to a certain character limit.  I am not sure if this is fixable unless the excel file is imported, which is not what I want to do.  Since the excel file is linked I can not change the properties like I can in an access table.

Am I stuck with the field character limit Access uses?

thank you
pdvsaProject financeAsked:
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Nick67Commented:
Excel has a limit of 32K characters per cell.
Put ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ In B1 and B2
Put = B1&B2 in B3
Put =LEN(B3) in A3
Pull the formulas down, and by row 17 you'll see the 32K limit.

Save the file and link to it.
Build a query
SELECT Len([f2]) AS theLen, Sheet1.F2
FROM Sheet1;


Access clearly sees that all the characters are there.
ONLY 255 CHARACTERS DISPLAY, THOUGH!
Build a report and bind A TEXTBOX to the query.
ONLY 255 CHARACTERS DISPLAY

But our old friend VBA comes to the rescue.
Unbind the textbox and create a Detail_Format event
32K characters will show, if it so pleases.

Private Sub Detail_Format(Cancel As Integer, FormatCount As Integer)
Dim db As Database
Dim rs As Recordset

Set db = CurrentDb
Set rs = db.OpenRecordset("SELECT Sheet1.F2 FROM Sheet1 where f1 = " & Me.theLen, dbOpenDynaset)
Me.F2 = rs![F2]
End Sub


Samples (put them in c:\temp) attached
limit.xls
limit.mdb
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pdvsaProject financeAuthor Commented:
Interesting.   At least I know there is a work around.  Will test it out.   Thank you for the help Nick.
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Nick67Commented:
And thank you!
It turns out that the point you awarded put me over 1 million.
That's not something that happens everyday :)

Nick67
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