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Problem Importing Text File into TimeTable

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Forrest Ward
Forrest Ward on 10 Jun 2020
Edited: Eric Sofen on 2 Jul 2020
Hello, so I'm still pretty new to Matlab and I have a problem that I have no idea how to begin to solve. I want to import this text file that I have into a Time Table. However, the dates in the text file are seperated by colons (ex. Date(dd:mm:yyyy), Time(hh:mm:ss) ). I haven't been able to figure out how to tell MATLAB to recognize that the colons represent the day, month, and year. I'll attach my file too, just so you can see the format of it. Any help will do, thanks!

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Eric Sofen
Eric Sofen on 30 Jun 2020
Edited: Eric Sofen on 2 Jul 2020
Because the second variable is uses ":" as a separator, it is being treated as a duration by default. I would recommend using importOptions to specify that it is a datetime and set the format. This should get you something more useful:
opts = detectImportOptions("~/Downloads/ShortTextFile.txt","VariableNamesLine",3);
opts = setvaropts(opts,"Date_dd_mm_yyyy_","Type","datetime","InputFormat","dd:MM:yyyy")
t = readtable("~/Downloads/ShortTextFile.txt",opts);
t.Time = t.Date_dd_mm_yyyy_ + t.Time_hh_mm_ss_;
tt = table2timetable(t,'RowTimes','Time')

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Samatha Aleti
Samatha Aleti on 15 Jun 2020
Hi,
The following MATLAB Answer might be of help to you:

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Forrest Ward
Forrest Ward on 15 Jun 2020
Thank you for replying, but that link does not really answer my question.

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