Stop auto formatting number by adding a space or apostrophe Stop auto formatting number by formatting as Text Convert text date/number string to standard date If you only have a few numbers to enter, you can stop Excel from changing them into dates by entering a space or apostrophe.
isn't there some function in the options section that turns the autoformatting off?
word has an autoformatting window where all its annoying autoformatting is de-selected.
you have to format the cells before you enter the data so excel doesn't automatically format the data for you. -- the data in the cells is NOT formatted automatically by excel but is determined by the user.
also, it is often that one cannot foresee how the cells will be used in order to format before entering text.
When you type a date or time that Excel recognizes, the cell's format changes from the General number format to a built-in date or time format.
By default, dates and times are right-aligned in a cell.
If you format back to text you may end up with a number that was not what you entered.
The following VBA function should convert the altered value back to it's original.
what on earth is causing excel to handle this hours:minutes data as a date & hours data?