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PRJ98: Duration Times Round Up After Saving in Text Format

Article ID: 170243

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Project 98 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q170243


Durations that have a decimal value will be rounded up when you open or save a file in the following formats:

  • Comma-separated variable text (.csv)

  • ASCII text (.txt)

  • Microsoft Project 4.0 format (.mpx)


This behavior occurs when the start and finish dates in the project file use a date only format rather than a date and time format. For example, this behavior occurs when you use a date format like this:

January 31, 1998

but the behavior does not occur when you use a date and time format like this:

January 31, 1998 12:33 PM
1/31/98 12:33 PM


To preserve decimal values in the durations for a task, use a date and time format for the start and finish times before you import or export the file. To do this, use the following steps:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the View tab.
  2. In the Date list, select a date format that contains the time. For example, click "1/31/98 12:33 PM".
  3. Click OK.

Keywords: kbbug kbinterop kbpending KB170243