I know what to do to import mixed data types or force the import to treat everything as a text. But what about the other way round???

I have spent weeks (really!) to search for a good solution to import Excel data as numbers. It sounds so simple and I am almost going crazy because I just don't see a way to achieve it.

Imagine this: There are 2 columns A and B which contain account codes and account descriptions. This will be imported as text and I am fine with it. But then I have 12 more columns C to N which should contain only numbers.

Unfortunately these 12 columns have text in the first 5 rows. It might happen that in one whole column there are only 1 or 2 numbers further down in the rows. So the majority is text.

But I need to import it as numbers. Because when it is imported as text it will take the format of the Excel sheet. And this is really bad because I am loosing decimals and negative values appear differently.

Unfortunately I cannot rely on the formats because I am getting more than 300 Excel sheets from all the continents.

Example: If -123.45 is formatted as (123) I will get (123) if I import it as text. But I really need the correct value which is -123.45. Or am I misunderstanding something completely?

Please let me know if it is unclear.

Thanks a lot in advance for your help!

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asked Sep 05, 2012 at 02:26 PM in Default

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So is SSIS converting all these columns to text and you would like them to be numeric? Is that correct?

I believe there are two solution: 1. Import it into SQL as Text and then use Cast/Covert to switch data types 2. Force SSIS to use a float data type. Including a picture on this.

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answered Sep 11, 2012 at 08:27 PM

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