I have to import/export files in and out of access and other programs using excel on a daily basis. All of these files are .CSV files. Some of the data in these files are the same as a date. For example; mar2 or feb-1. Both of these are product numbers and are not intended to be dates. When I open the file in excel it automatically changes them to dates. If I then highlight them and convert them to text I get a 5 digit number like "38413". So each time I open them I have to go through all the lines that I know were converted and change them back to the original data. If I forget or miss just one line then I can corrupt my database. I would like to know 2 things. First, how do I tell Excel not to autoformat (especially dates) Second, can I tell Excel to treat every thing as "Text" when opening a CSV file?