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How can I ensure my dates are correct when loading with the Data Loader?

Knowledge Article Number 000005099
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How can I ensure my dates are correct when loading with the Data Loader?

Resolution

When loading data into date fields such as Opportunity Close Date using the Data Loader, the date displayed in the application is sometimes one day earlier than the date in the file.

 

The reason for this is that fields such as Close Date are actually date/time fields.  When a date is loaded without specifying the time, the time is defaulted to 00:00 - midnight.  When another user is in a time zone which is behind the current user's time zone, the date will show on the previous day.  For example:

 

20 August 2008 00:00 in Paris is 19 August 2008 23:00 in London

 

Similar issues can arise when daylight savings time begins or ends.

 

Two simple solutions to this are:

1) Specify a time as well as a date when loading dates using the Data Loader.

or

2) Switch your PC's time zone to Hawaiian time before starting up the Data Loader.





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