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excel formulas and text differentiation

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  1. niedernsill

    niedernsill Thread Starter

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    :confused:Is there any way of making Excell as clever as some of the old spreadsheets who could automatically differentiate text (ie letter and letter number combinations) from numbers and formulae ? I cant believe that a program as massive as this cannot contain a few lines of code to examine imput and decide if it is a number, text or formulae. There was a way of forcing the old programmes to regard a number as text by using quotes, as today, but if one typed 3*7 they would know you wanted 21. Is there a "switch" somewhere that I havent come accross, or MUST I type a "=" before each and every calculation. :(
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  2. Zack Barresse

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    You must type an equal sign prior to any formula. It has always been this way in Excel. It might be a pain typing one additional character, but I think, if you use the program enough, you'll find it a blessing in disguise. :)
     
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    niedernsill Thread Starter

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    Thanks for your reply. I dont know what sort of a blessing I may find there. I am just surprised that with all those brains behind the software, they cant find a better solution ( especially as a = is a shifted key) thanks again
     
  4. Zack Barresse

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    It's not a 'shifted' key on my keyboard. The + sign is, however. Are you using a standard keyboard? US layout?
     
  5. niedernsill

    niedernsill Thread Starter

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    Hi. It is shifted on my UK keyboard, my Ausrtian keboard, and my Austrian laptop. Only on my UK notepad is it a non shifted key. I suppose that I could remap a key, but it is probably not worth it.
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  6. Zack Barresse

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    Ah, I see. That's kind of a pain!
     
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