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    lynnmc26 is offline Novice
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    Date Field - Access - from Linked Table

    I have a linked table set up in Access 2007. The cells in Excel are a number of date fields and are set as such. Issue is in Access the data (date) is being stored as a number. Common problem, however, I can't really find a solution anywhere - so thought I would come to my experts here for help. What is the best way for me to start seeing the date as a date format in Access?

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    I do not typically link to Excel. However, when I ask Access to Import data from the outside, often times I will look at the outside data as text. Once I have it as text, I convert it to the appropriate data type and include error trapping. I then place my converted and validated data in a permanent home.

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    lynnmc26 is offline Novice
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    Thanks - I have good luck with using the importing functions into Access. For the spreadsheet linked to the Access table I need the cell in excel to be a date field so the dates can be entered in on a daily basis. Still looking for an answer

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    I was not implying that changing data types of outside data is a solution or even a practice. If having your Access field as type Date is not providing the desired result, try type Text. Then, use another column as production data, after conversion and validation.

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    lynnmc26 is offline Novice
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    hmm - gonna give that a try - thanks again

    I solved it - all I did was go into the form in Access and set the Format property to "Medium Date" and it converted the number to the date format. The cell in Excel is set to "Date" format so all is good and was simple. Not sure why I didn't try that in the first place!

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