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l_biasco
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Reading a date from a dd-mm-yyyy excel table

Hi everyone,

 

Nice to meet you. I'm a PowerApps newbie, it's great fun! I need your help though, as I've run into an issue and I have no idea how to get through it:

I'm working on an App which connects to an Excel table with dates in a dd-mm-yyyy format (I'm italian).

Essentially, I'm simply looking to read the dates, and insert them again exactly as they are in a new row. That's it.

 

Row 1: 13/05/2021 (already present in the table)
Row 2: 13/05/2021 (what I'm trying to get: a copy of the date above)

....and so on

 

What I actually get:

 

Row 1: 13/05/2021

Row 2: *empty*

 

The problem is, it cannot read the dates in the table since they are in dd-mm-yyyy format, so I find myself with empty cells where the dates are supposed to be. I've isolated the issue and I'm 100% sure it cannot "understand" my dates. The column is set for "date" data type and that something I can't change. No way to work with those dates at all.

No issue in doing the same thing with other data types, as it works perfectly.

 

If you need any other detail, just ask me.

Thank you in advance!

Luca

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Yes, it does say DateTime.

Do you have any idea how I could workaround this issue?

Thank you for your time.

RandyHayes
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@l_biasco 

Well...I'm a little baffled as to why it is not even showing.  It shows a DateTime for that as you say, then it should be getting the proper value from the excel file.  

Can you show a little more about the Excel file?  Especially the cell formatting?

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Hi,

I have literally created a new excel file and typed in a few dates. Nothing more. Attachment below.

 

Anonymous
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Has anybody solved this problem as I have the same issue and have been trying to solve this for a long time.

Also, when I write a date from the date picker back to the date field in excel it uses the 9 digit unix code in milliseconds which excel doesn't understand.

Very confused as I would have thought reading and writing a date would be a basic function.

Thanks for any help.

 

Hello,

 

I'll explain to issue to you, so you don't have to go through what I've been through 🙂

I got in touch with Microsoft, this is what they told me:

 

Basically the specific part in Excel Online that integrates with Sharepoint is in "preview", which means it is not fully developed yet.

This issue is an Excel Online connector specific issue. It doesn't happen in OneDrive.

So the only possible workaround right now is to use OneDrive instead of Excel Online; If you're trying to connect to Sharepoint though, like me, you can do nothing else but wait.

 

Fingers crossed it'll be done soon.

 

Anonymous
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Thanks @l_biasco ,

Very helpful so I don't waste my time on an undeveloped part of the App. Disappointing from Microsoft when they have promoted this as a fully developed and user friendly App. 

 

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