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Problem with data type from an excel file

I have a table of data i import from excel with employee id as a column when i import the data the employee id with letters in them do not import i have tried changing the field to text and number and re-importing but doesnt seem to make any difference.


any suggestions on where im going wrong?

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Please try with the solution provided by MattAllington. If your problem still persists, could you please provide some data in you excel table which can cause it? Based on my testing, if the column contains both number and text in the excel table, all data in this column can be imported to Power BI Desktop with data type “Any”.


Best Regards,


Almost certainly your query step has automatically set an integer number format early in the query.  If you then switch it back to string later in the query - it is too late - the damage is done.  Find the step "Changed data type" that turned it into Integer and delete that step.  That should fix it.

* Matt is an 8 times Microsoft MVP (Power BI) and author of the Power BI Book Supercharge Power BI.

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