OBIEE 11g Export To Excel Issue: Time Column Showing As Pound Signs (#) When Exported To Excel 2007+ (Doc ID 2049742.1)

Last updated on SEPTEMBER 01, 2015

Applies to:

Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition - Version 11.1.1.7.150714 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

On : 11.1.1.7.150714 version, Analytics

ACTUAL BEHAVIOR
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-In the database column is a Date field type.
-In OBIEE it's a Timestamp field type.
-Modified the data format to hh:mm:ss.

When report with this type of column is export it shows up as the pound signs in Excel.

Behind the pound signs, the value is a weird number. They look like this:

-0.75275462962963
-0.665949074074074
-0.652060185185185

EXPECTED BEHAVIOR
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Should export to Excel without issue and showing time format.

STEPS
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The issue can be reproduced at will with the following steps:
1. Export a report with a Timestamp field type column.
2. Resulting file shows this column as # pound signs.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
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-While testing this, also noticed that exporting to Excel 2003 format does not work for a Mac with Microsoft Excel installed on it.
-When you try to open the file it says "Alert, the file format and extension of 'filename.xls' don't match. The file could be corrupted or unsafe. Unless you trust its source, don't open it. Do you want to open anyway?"
-Click "Yes" and it throws another error.

"HTML Import Errors. Problems came up in the following areas during load: Cell data too large"

Cause

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