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    Converting text numbers into real numbers

    I have copied a report into Excel 2007 using HTML. After pasting the copy, the report appears nicely in columns.

    Three of the columns contain numbers as text.

    I need to be able to use these numbers in calculations. So I need to convert the text to numbers. I have tried the copy multiply method without any success.

    No matter what I try, when I use the resulting number in a formula I get !VALUE.

    Here is one of the numbers $3,538.00.

    Any ideas on how to get these text cells into numbers so they can be used in calculations?
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    Re: Converting text numbers into real numbers

    This is extremely heavy handed, but you may be able to amend it to suit your needs..

    =VALUE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A1,".",""),",",""),"*",""),"$",""))
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    Re: Converting text numbers into real numbers

    If your only problem is that the numbers have an asterisk (*) appended to them,
    try this:

    Select your range of data
    Home.Find&Select.Replace
    ...Find what: ~*
    ...Replace with: (leave this field blank)
    ...Click: Replace all

    Does that help?
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    Re: Converting text numbers into real numbers

    There is an error in my original post. The text 'number' does not contain an asterisk The number should be $3,538.00.

    I have made many of these conversions a year ago. It was easier than the substitute method. This worn out mind has forgotten how I did it.

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    Re: Converting text numbers into real numbers

    There will undoubtedly be simpler solutions, but this will do what you require,

    =VALUE(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"$",""))

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    Re: Converting text numbers into real numbers

    The problem is that inside Excel, Excel knows that $3,538.00 is not a number. So even after removing all punctuation, and then multiplying by 1, I receive the error #VALUE!.

    Removing the special characters is not the problem. The problem is how to tell Excel that this is really a number.

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    Re: Converting text numbers into real numbers

    There will undoubtedly be simpler solutions, but this will do what you require,

    =VALUE(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"$",""))
    Try it - the result may astound you.

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    Re: Converting text numbers into real numbers

    I'm curious, is there text in the number or is there whitespace at the end of the number? For example, does the number appear like this (without the quotations) "1234 "? I had a problem with source numbers having a whitespace at the end of it but it has been resolved with this code:
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    Re: Converting text numbers into real numbers

    Hi
    Try; Find a blank cell, anywhere, and place a 1 (number one), ensure it is formatted as a number.
    Then say colmns A and B are the colmns saved as text, then copy the cell with the 1 in it, highlight both the colmns,and special paste- multiply.
    This will convert what ever you have highlighted to numbers without the need for formulas.
    Hope this helps
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    Sorry already tried that, didn't read to good did I?
    PS can you please save a copy in 2003 of an example and attach it.
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    Last edited by peterjuhnke; 08-04-2010 at 05:29 PM.

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    Re: Converting text numbers into real numbers

    I found a very awkward solution.

    I copy the report to an Excel spreadsheet and to a Word document. The report appears in Word as tables.

    In Word I remove all punctuation except periods. Then I copy the number columns and paste them into the Excel spreadsheet as text. In Excel I do the copy multiply thing. The result is cells that Excel considers to be numbers.

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    Re: Converting text numbers into real numbers

    If as you say these values are coming via HTML then you may find they include CHAR(160)

    With your original data in place - and assuming US config. - you can try running an Edit -> Replace - in the Find What hold down ALT and type 0160 on the numeric keypad (see note) and leave Replace With as blank.

    note: on a laptop hold ALT + FN and type 0160 on the numeric keypad [ie not the numbers above the letters]

    If the above does not work we'd need to see an example to better assist I think.

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    Re: Converting text numbers into real numbers

    I tried the following solution and it worked for me:-
    (a) First format cells and define it as a number with nil decimals, Dollar will drop off and any zeroes after last significant digit will go.
    (b) Then use TRIM functionality on the data set which will remove all commas, Drag the formula along the data set.
    (c) Copy paste special - values for this column.
    (d) Use Text to Column function for this trimmed data set
    (i) Select Delimited (ii) In the next screen select Tab and Space (iii) In the third screen let default values prevail (iv) Click on finish
    (e) Insert a new column adjacent to this converted column
    (f) Insert function "Value" against first data field and select the first data field and hit return
    (g) Copy the formula along the entire column data set
    (h) Copy paste "Special" for the converted values
    (i) You will get a number

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