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This is an IBM Automation portal for Digital Business Automation products. To view all of your ideas submitted to IBM, create and manage groups of Ideas, or create an idea explicitly set to be either visible by all (public) or visible only to you and IBM (private), use the IBM Unified Ideas Portal (https://ideas.ibm.com).


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Welcome to the IBM Ideas Portal (https://www.ibm.com/ideas) - Use this site to find out additional information and details about the IBM Ideas process and statuses.

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ideasibm@us.ibm.com - Use this email to suggest enhancements to the Ideas process or request help from IBM for submitting your Ideas.


Status Under review
Created by Guest
Created on May 6, 2022

Read Excel dates as DateTime

Currently, when the robot reads a date that is in an Excel file it is interpreted as the raw number that Excel uses for dates (based on 1899 or something along those lines). This forces us to use a few commands just to convert it to DateTime and only then start working with a Date. I can imagine no scenario where having the raw number is useful and DateTime couldn't be used instead.

Idea priority Medium
  • Admin
    Joba Diniz
    May 25, 2022

    Apologies Vinicius, I changed to "under review" again. We're understanding how we can provide a solution here.

  • Guest
    May 25, 2022

    Since this is a defect, is it necessary to open a support ticket or is it already planned to be fixed in the next releases?