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Losing Data When an Excel File is Imported in ArcGIS Desktop 10.1

Question asked by dr.jasraj on Aug 13, 2014
Latest reply on Aug 14, 2014 by dr.jasraj

Hi All,

 

I have an excel file which I am trying to join to a shapefile. The field on which the join will be based is Census Block ID - a 15 digit number.

 

When I import this excel file in ArcGIS Desktop 10.1, ArcMap automatically converts the 15 digit number into a 13 digit number (losing the 14th and 15th digit). This results in an incorrect join.

 

In order to have 15 digit numbers back, I tried the following with no success -

 

1. Change the numeric format in ArcMap. Although this produces more digits, it replaces last two digits (14th & 15th) with zeros.

 

2. Tried importing the file in Text and CSV format.

 

3. Exported the Shapefile attributes to a table. Combined my Excel file with that table. And, imported it back to ArcMap as a CSV.

 

The issue of losing last two digits still persists.

 

Does anyone have any clue? I would appreciate any suggestions you might have.

 

Thanks,

Jasraj

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