Formatting SQL VARCHAR field to Text


I have a table created in SQL.  The field is defined as VARCHAR(12).  How can I format the field so that it does not change to scientific notation when exported to Excel.
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Data DudeCommented:
Excel changes values to scientific notation, not SQL Server.

Two thoughts
If the values are all numbers, then why aren't they stored in SQL Server as a numeric data type ?
Exporting from SQL Server to Excel does NOT guarantee cosmetic formatting, so if you want it to look a certain way and data types don't do it for you, then you'll likely have to create some Excel VBA code on the spreadsheet's startup to format columns so that it cosmetically looks how you want.
Saurabh Singh TeotiaCommented:
You can just press ctrl+1 on the columns and format the column formatting where you posting as text or scientific and then do paste special-->text on it from sql will do what you are looking for..


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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
Maybe add quotes around the value coming from SQL, which should (?)cause Excel to treat it as text data:

SELECT ..., '"' + varchar_12_column + '"', ... --note:'"' = ' " ' = single q, dbl q, single q
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