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Posting Yak Master

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Posted - 10/14/2012 :  13:14:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a column in sql server with data type nvarchar(50) and its values are both numbers and alphabets.

My queries are something similar to

select code from table1
where owner = 'abc'

output :


When copy and paste the output in excel, the values that are in numbers like '000032' are just pasted as '32' in excel. Similarly, 00012 as '12' and '00001' as '1'.

I'm not sure if I have to make any change in sql server query or sql server data type to make understand the excel or if it is something related to excel issue.

Flowing Fount of Yak Knowledge

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Posted - 10/14/2012 :  15:04:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is a case of Excel trying to be helpful and interpreting data that looks like numbers to be numbers. What you can do is select the cells/columns in the Excel sheet and (right-click, select format cells and) select Category as Text under the number tab, BEFORE pasting the data.
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