Setting Cell/Column DataType

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Jul 27, 2009 at 2:13 PM


I need to set the DataType for a cell (or column) to "Text" so that i can place numerical data with leading '0's into the cell/column.  I downloaded the latest source and see that support exists for other data types but not "Text".  Is there a technique i can use to work around this issue?


Oct 9, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Hi Jeff, any luck with this yet? I'm having the same problem






Oct 9, 2009 at 6:15 PM

No.  I had to switch to the COM interface for Excel.

From: aforozco []
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To: Richard, Jeff
Subject: Re: Setting Cell/Column DataType [ExcelPackage:63636]

From: aforozco

Hi Jeff, any luck with this yet? I'm having the same problem



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Nov 27, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Hey...if all you're interested in is setting the Number Format, check out my solution in this thread:


Dec 4, 2009 at 3:57 PM

you can trick the 'Value' propery setter in the ExcelCell.cs file. it tests the given value to see if its a number or text. By doing that it ignores the leading zeros.

find the following line in the ExcelCell.cs:

if (IsNumericValue(value))

and replace with:

bool hasLeadingZeros = false;

if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(value))
    hasLeadingZeros = value.StartsWith("0");

if (!hasLeadingZeros && IsNumericValue(value))

by doing that, it will treat all values starting with zero as text.


hope it helps

Oct 26, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Hello, I needed show numerics values like text then  I added a string empty (" ") at the end of my value.

i.e: xlPackage.Workbook.Worksheets[1].Cell(contRow, contCol).Value = "08 ";

Also, the cell (contRow, contCol) was formatted like Text.

And this work for me.

I hope this is useful for you.

Jan 16, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I am in same problem, please to set the CELL FORMAT?