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    Forcing numbers stored as text back to numbers

    I've got a whole plethora of worksheets that have COUNT based formulae, operating on a given subset of data that is copied-and-pasted into these worksheets. Unfortunately, an "upgrade" to the system from which that data is copied has changed the primary datapiece to be changed from a number to a number-stored-as-text when I copy stuff in. I'd like the users of my sheets to not have to do the select-and-convert thing every time the use one of my worksheets.

    At first, I thought I could get around it by using COUNTA instead of COUNT, but that won't work; I use COUNT to determine when, in a set of numbers, to insert some text, so I really need a way to differentiate thes numbers-stored-as-text from actual text.

    Is there some way to force pasted data back to numbers? Or at least treat them as numbers is other places in the worksheet?
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    Re: Forcing numbers stored as text back to numbers

    COUNTA counts everything.
    Alternately, if you might have real text that you don't want to count, you could
    =COUNT(VALUE(Range)) as an array (use CNTRL SHFT ENTER instead of Enter)
    Does that work for you?
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    Re: Forcing numbers stored as text back to numbers

    Is there some way to force pasted data back to numbers?
    Select the columns in turn, Data > Text to columns, Finish
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    Re: Forcing numbers stored as text back to numbers

    hi
    there is one other way, when you paste your data
    you right click, then paste special
    in operation select Add
    by this way, it will paste text numbers as numbers
    thanks

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    Re: Forcing numbers stored as text back to numbers

    Paste Special doesn't work for some reason; the only options I get are past as Picture, Bitmap, Excel 8.0, SYLK, DIF, Unicode, or Text...and none of them seem to paste as numbers. Not sure by what you mean when you say "in operation"; perhaps that's a different version of Excel (I'm using version 12.0)?

    Adding the VALUE( operator didn't work directly, but I added a 'helper' column on the front page that converts, and then I can call that column on subsequent pages...this will be a simple fix, and easy to send out across all my templates, without having to re-train my users. Thanks very much for that insight!

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    Re: Forcing numbers stored as text back to numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by shg View Post
    Select the columns in turn, Data > Text to columns, Finish
    Quote Originally Posted by Gunther Maplethorpe View Post
    ...I'd like the users of my sheets to not have to do the select-and-convert thing every time the use one of my worksheets...
    The VALUE operation, in a helper column, as listed above, will work - unless anyone has something more elegant?

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