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When you import a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to a new table or to an existing table in a Microsoft Access database, you may receive the following error message:
"Type Conversion Failure."
When you import a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to a new or existing table, Microsoft Access checks the first row of the spreadsheet to determine the data types for the table. If the first row of the spreadsheet contains a numeric value in a column that allows alphabetical and numeric characters, Microsoft Access defines the field type in the table for that column as numeric. This is also true even if the field in the existing table is defined as text. It will not change the data type of the field, but it will cause errors during the import process. If there are alphabetical characters in other rows in this column in the spreadsheet, this error message occurs.
To work around this behavior, insert an extra row of data as the first row in the spreadsheet. Insert alphabetical characters in any columns that are defined as alphanumeric columns. Enter numeric characters in any columns that are defined as numeric columns. After you have imported the spreadsheet into Microsoft Access, delete the extra row of data from the spreadsheet and the table.
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Article ID: 109376 - Last Review: January 18, 2007 - Revision: 2.2
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