Problems with formatting cells in Excel

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mscareall

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Just a short question for you guys. When using Excel 2000, if I enter a number lets just say 11-30 it defaults to Nov 30, or some date form. But I need it to say 11-30, I try to set the defualt as Number and also have tried General, click "ok" but it still puts in the date anyway.

Is there a way around this??? This drives me nuts, I usually end up coping and pasting, but try to explain this to a person who doesn't even want to touch a computer.

Thanks

Shirley
 

mscareall

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ok, I figure this one out quickly myself.

If you make it a text format, then you can type the numbers no problem.

Thanks, I guess sometimes I just need to sit down and write what I am thinking.

Shirley
 
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Putting a single quote ( ' ) in front of your numbers as you enter them (i.e. '11-30 ) will make them behave as text. Note that this will then make using that data in a formula difficult.

Hope this helps.
 

mscareall

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Thanks for the tip, I will remember that one for next time I use Excel. I just have to tell the lady who prompted me to post to just use the format cell way. She is the type that can't turn on a computer, so I don't even want to try to explain to her that a ' will make it all right. :D

Thanks again

Shirley
 
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