I am confused. When I export from Excel into CSV and I open the format of any of the records in a column (see attached) all it says is the format is GENERAL. Okay that is fine but what is it. A string, a number or what. I am having a terrible time importing into Salesforce.com as I get errors on import. Not knowing or understanding what is being sent out and what needs to be pulled in it is confusing to know just what General is. I have searched for a solution as I would think there would be an answer to that. What is the GENERAL format and how do most programs accept that. I would think it would be a generic older format that is acceptable by most programs easily. Not knowing whether a column with only numbers in it or another column with alpha numeric is handed off so that other applications can determine what value is assigned string or number is a mystery. Can someone solve this for me. Is the data type determined coming from an Excel CSV in GENERAL format or is the application doing the import determining the data type....? Any help is greatly appreciated.