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Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Converting Text to Numbers.
If you are using Excel to grab information from an external source, it is possible that you could end up with some pretty strange information in your cells. For instance, let's say that you have cells that contain numbers such as 1,234.5-. These are formatted as text cells in Excel, and therefore cannot be used in calculations.
The following macro will check the cells in a selected range. If the cells contain text, and that text ends in a minus sign, the macro will move the minus sign to the beginning of the text and stuff it back into the cell. The result is that the cell is converted from a text value to the proper numeric value.
Sub ConvToNum() Dim MyText As Variant Dim MyRange As Range Dim CellCount As Integer Set MyRange = ActiveSheet.Range(ActiveWindow.Selection.Address) For CellCount = 1 To MyRange.Cells.Count MyText = MyRange.Cells(CellCount).Value If VarType(MyText) = vbString Then MyText = Trim(MyText) If Right(MyText, 1) = "-" Then MyText = "-" & Left(MyText, Len(MyText) - 1) MyRange.Cells(CellCount).Value = MyText End If End If Next CellCount End Sub
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2300) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Converting Text to Numbers.
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