11-03-2014 09:15 AM
I prepare tables in SAS EG 4.3 to later export them to SAS. All variables are character fields.
After exporting, every cell in the excel-file automatically gets preceded by an apostrophe ( ' ).
I strongly suspect this to be problematic when importing that excel-file into another application.
I am not able to change this. Things I tried to undo this:
Can someone explain
11-03-2014 09:32 AM
The leading apostrophe or single quote is used to signify character fields. Welcome to the wonderful world of Excel, and The Folly That Is Thinking That Excel Is Any Good For Business Intelligence.
If you remove the leading single quote, fields with numeric values will be treated as numbers in Excel (leading 0s removed etc).
11-03-2014 09:39 AM
Thank you. That answers my first question.
If it were possible, I'd export my SAS table directly into that other application. However, that application only welcomes excel-files.
And the main problem remains: I'm not able to remove the leading single quotes. (Or more accurate: if I remove it, Excel automatically puts it back.)
11-03-2014 09:43 AM
However, that application only welcomes excel-files.
Does that mean only .xls and .xlsx, or anything that is also accepted by excel, like .xml or .csv?
11-03-2014 10:41 AM
I can't offer a perfect fix, but you might either use the trim-function in excel (depends on your data), or export as csv and open with excel or use proc export, or in excel: "data" > "text to columns" > text qualifier = none.