Water   Thank you for the quick reply.  Yes I do understand that excel is formatting the column.  I am guessing that I did not make myself clear enough on what is my problem.   I have been researching this issue for 2 weeks.  I have tried all the different suggestions that have been in this forum. I have tried different variations of the follow code: Local $aField1[2] = [1, $xlTextFormat] Local $aField2[2] = [2, $xlTextFormat] Local $aField3[2] = [3, $xlTextFormat] Local $aField4[2] = [4, $