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Thread: I hate the Excel date system

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    Tempestv's Avatar Engineer
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    I have some stuff to enter into a Excel spreadsheet that consists of two numbers separated by a dash. Excel keeps interpreting it as a date and changing it into a different format. How can I make it input my data correctly?
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    tutipute's Avatar I'm Here! BT Rep: +30BT Rep +30BT Rep +30BT Rep +30BT Rep +30BT Rep +30
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    You neeed to format the cells correctly. ..
    By default, the 'General' format will convert such strings to a date.

    Just right click a cell (a column, or just the entire table...) and choose 'Format Cells...'. Once you are in, just choose 'Text' from the Category list.

    Best of luck!


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