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    Thanks for the suggestion Jessica. We’ve got a few other suggestions on the site that are similar with scientific notation, etc. We’ll take a look at this area, and pay special attention to any cases that get a lot of votes. So please keep the votes coming to help us do a good job at prioritizing asks like this!

    John [MS XL]

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    Anonymous commented  · 

    I think we have to face the fact that Microsoft is never going to make what should be a very simple fix (just enable open csv preferences of "do these conversions" with date, scientific notation, etc). If they haven't done it by now, they are telling us that we just shouldn't use excel for anything we care about. I've already stopped using it for scientific work -- too dangerous to have things changed without me knowing. But when I import a list of student data and it takes someone's ID which is MAR09 and it says "oh, that isn't initials, it's a date!" I just don't know what to do.

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    Anonymous commented  · 

    A student's email ID begins with APR so when I import the CSV file with him in it, suddenly his email ID becomes a date. Who in the world thought this was a good idea?

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