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how to avoid dropping zeros in csv when i open in excel

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how to avoid dropping zeros in csv when i open in excel

this is my program :

 

data_null_;

filename abcd 'c:/sample.csv';

set sample;

file abcd;

delimiter=' ,' dsd 1rec1=350;

if _n_=1

then do ;

 

put ' date '

      'name'

     'location'

end;

put date

name

location

;

 

run;

 

 

in output  date variable appears as 1045 instead of 001045 .

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Re: how to avoid dropping zeros in csv when i open in excel

Open the file with a text editor and you'll see the leading zeroes.

 

Excel is trying to be smart and removing the 0's. 

 

You can also view this by opening Excel and then importing the data rather than opening the file directly with Excel. The import wizard will allow you to specify variable type - character rather than numeric. 

 

 

Contributor
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Re: how to avoid dropping zeros in csv when i open in excel

with proc import ?
Contributor
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Re: how to avoid dropping zeros in csv when i open in excel

if i use proc import ,will it works if i ever do this FTP?
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Re: how to avoid dropping zeros in csv when i open in excel

I don't understand your question. What role does PROC IMPORT play in the process?

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Re: how to avoid dropping zeros in csv when i open in excel

how proc import will help me can you quote me any example.Thanks
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Re: how to avoid dropping zeros in csv when i open in excel

Proc import is a SAS procedure for importing data into SAS. Your process has no relation to proc import.

If you're referring to the import I first mentioned in my answer, that was the Excel Import Wizard, not the SAS Proc Import.

See the details here:
https://support.office.com/en-my/article/Import-data-using-the-Text-Import-Wizard-40c6d5e6-41b0-4575...

Regardless, my original answer stands, open the data in a text editor to see the raw data.
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