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Microsoft KB Archive/103174

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Article ID: 103174

Article Last Modified on 1/18/2007


  • Microsoft Access 1.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 1.1 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 2.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q103174

Moderate: Requires basic macro, coding, and interoperability skills.


When you export a table that includes a Date/Time field to a text file, Microsoft Access automatically adds the time format to the date in the exported text file. The Date/Time field appears in the text file in mm/dd/yy hh:nn:ss format.


Microsoft Access stores date and time values for all date fields. When you export the data to a text file, Microsoft Access exports both the date and the time. If there is no data for the time portion of a date, the time appears as 0:00:00, indicating 12 A.M.


There are two methods you can use to work around this behavior.

Method 1

Create a query with a calculated field to format the date field appropriately, and then export the results of the query.

NOTE: This method does not work in Microsoft Access 1.x since you cannot export a query in those versions. Instead, use a Make Table query in step 2, and then export the new table.

  1. Perform steps 1-4 in the "Steps to Reproduce Behavior" section of this article.
  2. Create the following new query based on the TestDate table:

          Query: ExportDates
          Type: Select Query
          Field: Birthday2: Format([Birthday], "mm/dd/yy")

    NOTE: The calculated field name cannot match the name of any other field that is included in the query.

  3. Save the query and close it.
  4. Export the query.

Method 2

Microsoft Access can create a fixed width text file, using the "Text (Fixed Width)" export format. Using this method, you can set the size of the date field to 8 characters in the Export specification. This truncates the time portion of the date field during export.

NOTE: Most common text exports require the data to be delimited using the Text (Delimited) format. Method 2 is not useful in these cases.


This behavior is by design.


Steps to Reproduce Behavior

  1. Open the sample database Northwind.mdb (or NWIND.MDB in versions 1.x and 2.0).
  2. Create the following new table in Design view:

          Table: TestDate
          Field Name: Birthday
             Data Type: Date/Time

  3. Save the table and close it. You do not need to create a primary key.
  4. Open the table in Datasheet view, add the following record, and then close the table:


  5. Perform the following steps to export and view the data.

    In Microsoft Access 7.0 and 97:

    1. Select the TestDate table in the Database window, and then click Save As/Export on the File menu.
    2. In the Save As dialog box, click To an External File or Database, and then click OK.
    3. In the Save Table 'TestDate' As dialog box, select Text Files in the Save as type box, and then click Export.
    4. In the Export Text Wizard (or Text Export Wizard in version 7.0), note that the data appears in the Sample export format box as 11/15/67 0:00:00.
    5. Click Cancel to return to the Database window.

    In Microsoft Access 1.x and 2.0:

    1. On the File menu, click Export.
    2. In the Export dialog box, select Text (Delimited), and then click OK.
    3. In the Select Microsoft Access Object dialog box, select the TestDate table, and then click OK.
    4. In the Export to File dialog box, type a unique name in the File Name box, and then click OK.
    5. Click OK in the Export Text Options dialog box.
    6. Open the exported text file in any text editor (Notepad, for example) and note that the date appears as 11/15/67 0:00:00.


For more information about exporting data to other file formats, search the Help Index for "exporting data, data formats," or ask the Microsoft Access 97 Office Assistant.

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