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ALV export to Excel 2007 w/ SAPGUI 7.1 patch 9 as integer not text

My company upgraded their PCs to Office 2007 recently. Most of use are using SAPGUI 7.1 with patch level 7. I discovered a problem when exporting data to Excel 2007 using the XXL function (not Excel in-place). Character type fields (like MATNR) with leading zeros and where all remaining characters are numeric are interpreted as long integers now. In Excel 2003, this data were interpreted as text. I found and installed patches 8 and 9, but these did not solve the problem.

Do others in the community have this problem as well? If so, any solutions, suggestions, or other help would be greatly appreciated!

Wes

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