Bug Number BUG-000091474
Submitted Oct 16, 2015
Modified Jun 11, 2020
Severity Medium
Applies To ArcGIS for Desktop
Version Found 10.3.1
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Status Not in Current Product Plan
Version Fixed
SP Fixed

Bug BUG-000091474


The Excel To Table tool does not create proper field types.

Additional Information

The document was fixed a few releases ago. The output field type is controlled by all field values, not just the first 8.

Alternate Solution

Convert the field to a new field type in ArcMap after importing by using the Calculate Field tool.

This knowledgebase article states it is only for older versions of ArcMap but works in newer versions as well:

Article # 34315: Change the data type for an existing field

<a href="http://support.esri.com/em/knowledgebase/techarticles/detail/34315" target="_blank">http://support.esri.com/em/knowledgebase/techarticles/detail/34315</a>