Issues in the Format in excel file generated from unix machine

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Old 12-11-2007
Issues in the Format in excel file generated from unix machine


I have generated a report that contains many columns and since I need ir in excel format.. I just renamed te file to excel as follows:

cp vijay.txt vijay.xls

I have just attached this spreadsheet in the mail and I am getting it to my mail id. But, in the output excel, the columns that have text xharacters are displayed correctly. Example:

Office name Office number employee name emp number
----------- -------------- --------------- --------------
trichy 012345 vijay 82389
chennai 008393 arun 00123
madurai 037489 vaas 82738
salem 134567 allen 92389

the excel shows the second column as


excluding the zeros .. also in the last column

00123 as 123.

I need these zeros to be included in the excel output..

Is there any way this can be obtained?
Please help me to resolve this issue.

# 2  
Old 12-11-2007
You could either tell excel that the column is text or just put " symbols round the number.
# 3  
Old 12-11-2007
Originally Posted by Vijay06
cp vijay.txt vijay.xls
I give up. Smilie

You should be doing "cp vijay.txt vijay.csv"

XLS is for Microsoft Excel proprietary binary format files.
# 4  
Old 12-12-2007
00123 as 123.

I need these zeros to be included in the excel output..
You got to specify the Column data format of the field as "Text" and not as "General"

that would consider the numerals as strings and the leading zeroes would remain as such
# 5  
Old 12-12-2007
Any Unix commands for formatting excel columns???

Thanks for the reply.
Yeah.. U r right....!!
But, every time the report gets generated i need to open it and change the format....rite?

that does not solve the issue... I am going o schedule it in cron..

is there any way to format that excel colums as "text" or "general" in the unix machines itself.

If there are any such, it would help me....

# 6  
Old 12-12-2007
You can force excel to treat numbers as text by using...

# 7  
Old 12-12-2007
Originally Posted by Smiling Dragon
You could either tell excel that the column is text or just put " symbols round the number.
I think Dragon is on to the right answer.

if Excel finds stuff in quotes it should keep it as text.
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