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Cells Hotfix 4.4.1 does not handle csv-import dates the same as the previous version

I installed the 4.4.1 hotfix today to fix a problem where a csv-output file was wrapping the individual lines of data.

The hotfix did indeed fix this problem, but it has introduced a new problem . . .

I am reading a csv-file to import data into my SQL server table. Several of the fields in the import csv-file contains dates in the format "mm/dd/yyyy". With the previous version of Aspose.cells (, the date would be returned to my program exactly as it is contained in the import-file. With the hotfix installed, however, the date returned to my program is a numeric representing the number of days since December 30, 1899.

In the case of the date "03/06/2008" Aspose.Cells is returning the following value to my program: "39513".

In the case of the date "12/31/1925" Aspose.Cells is returning the following value to my program: "9497".

If the date in the csv-file is formatted "mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm pm" the data is returned to my program exactly as it is represented in the csv-file.

Why did the handling of a date format like "03/06/2008" change to be the number of days since 1899? Is this a problem with your software? Is there a setting that will allow this be imported as it was in the previous version. I really don't want to change my code to calculate the date based on the number of days since 1899.

Thank You,

David Nowak


Well, in Ms Excel dates are stored as numeric values. I think you may try to use Cell.DateTimeValue to get the date values.


Workbook workbook = new Workbook();


Cells cells = workbook.Worksheets[0].Cells;

string mydate = cells["D2"].DateTimeValue.ToShortDateString();

Thank you.


I can make this change. But, why did it change between versions of the Aspose.Cells software?



In your example, you are reading the data from the csv-file by referencing each cell. In my program, however, I am reading the csv-file into a data table as follows:

ImportTable = Cells.ExportDataTable(0,0, maxRow, MaxCol, false);

The field representing the date in the ImportTable is numeric and not a date-format. Is there any way around this? Can I still use the ExportDataTable method and define which fields are strings?

Thank You,


Hi David,

I think you may try to use Cells.ExportDataTableAsString() instead of Cells.ExportDataTable() for your requirement.

Thank you.