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Easily Enter Numbers as Text in Excel

Posted on 7/8/10 4:36 PM by Get Schooled in Excel, in Microsoft, in numbers as text in excel, in Tips & Tricks

You'll occasionally find that seemingly simple entries cause problems because Excel tries to interpret numeric values as a date. For instance, say that you have a column of product codes with values like 9-12, 10-22, and 8-2099, or you have data labels that describe the age ranges 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Excel automatically converts the codes to 12-Sep, 22-Oct, and Aug-99. Likewise, Excel converts the range labels to 3-Jan, 6-Apr, 9-Jul, and 12-Oct.

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