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Posted - 03/27/2013 :  10:35:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Im writing a SQL script that outputs DateTime data for a Date value, but when I output this to Excel, it will not "retain" the date format for the cell type. It just defaults to General cell type. The numerical data sets the cell type correctly. The string data sets the cell type correctly. But the Date for some reason will not retain Date format. Any ideas?

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Posted - 03/27/2013 :  10:49:57  Show Profile  Visit robvolk's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Excel is rather famous for mangling data formats. The only way to preserve it is to set the columns to Text before pasting data. If you're importing or using Text to Columns feature, you'd set the column type to Text on the last screen of the wizard.
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