#### converting "text" numbers to numbers

```I have been using the technique of multiplying cells that have number
entries that behave like text entries by the value of 1 to convert them to
numbers.  However, some mixed cell entries, convert strangely.  For example
the entry "6 A" (without the quotes) becomes 0.25 when multiplied by 1.

Any explanation?  Any ideas on how to solve other than checking cell by cell
to confirm all characters are numbers?

Confused!  Frustated!  <grin>.

Bob

```
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nospam2791 (369)
12/8/2008 2:57:46 AM
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```Just figured out the "why".  An entry like 6 A is converted to 6AM.  Its
numerical value is 0.25.  Still hoping for a work around versus brute
force....

Bob

"Bob Flanagan" <nospam@nospam.net> wrote in message
news:fpOdneInIOezEKHUnZ2dnUVZ_s_inZ2d@giganews.com...
>I have been using the technique of multiplying cells that have number
>entries that behave like text entries by the value of 1 to convert them to
>numbers.  However, some mixed cell entries, convert strangely.  For example
>the entry "6 A" (without the quotes) becomes 0.25 when multiplied by 1.
>
> Any explanation?  Any ideas on how to solve other than checking cell by
> cell to confirm all characters are numbers?
>
> Confused!  Frustated!  <grin>.
>
> Bob
>

```
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nospam2791 (369)
12/8/2008 3:04:00 AM
```The free ASAP Utilities supplies this function

"Bob Flanagan" <nospam@nospam.net> wrote in message
news:fpOdneInIOezEKHUnZ2dnUVZ_s_inZ2d@giganews.com...
>I have been using the technique of multiplying cells that have number
>entries that behave like text entries by the value of 1 to convert them to
>numbers.  However, some mixed cell entries, convert strangely.  For example
>the entry "6 A" (without the quotes) becomes 0.25 when multiplied by 1.
>
> Any explanation?  Any ideas on how to solve other than checking cell by
> cell to confirm all characters are numbers?
>
> Confused!  Frustated!  <grin>.
>
> Bob
>

```
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ericNOSPAM (46)
12/8/2008 3:58:21 AM
```Hi Bob

I think this short piece of code will do what you want.
Just mark the range of cells you want to convert and then run the code.

Sub converttonumber()
Dim c As Range
For Each c In Selection
c.NumberFormat = "General"
If c.Value <> "" Then
If IsNumeric(c.Value) Then
c.Value = Val(c.Value)
End If
End If
Next
End Sub

--
Regards
Roger Govier

"Bob Flanagan" <nospam@nospam.net> wrote in message
news:ZbCdndK1VNM-E6HUnZ2dnUVZ_szinZ2d@giganews.com...
> Just figured out the "why".  An entry like 6 A is converted to 6AM.  Its
> numerical value is 0.25.  Still hoping for a work around versus brute
> force....
>
> Bob
>
> "Bob Flanagan" <nospam@nospam.net> wrote in message
> news:fpOdneInIOezEKHUnZ2dnUVZ_s_inZ2d@giganews.com...
>>I have been using the technique of multiplying cells that have number
>>entries that behave like text entries by the value of 1 to convert them to
>>numbers.  However, some mixed cell entries, convert strangely.  For
>>example the entry "6 A" (without the quotes) becomes 0.25 when multiplied
>>by 1.
>>
>> Any explanation?  Any ideas on how to solve other than checking cell by
>> cell to confirm all characters are numbers?
>>
>> Confused!  Frustated!  <grin>.
>>
>> Bob
>>
>
>
```
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Roger
12/8/2008 9:57:21 AM
```First toggle a setting.
Tools|Options|transition tab|check "transition formula evaluation"

Select an empty cell
Edit|copy
Select the offending range
edit|paste special Add (and values if you want)

And toggle that setting off.

I like to use an empty cell and add (instead of 1 and multiply) because empty
cells in the offending range aren't changed to 0.

Bob Flanagan wrote:
>
> I have been using the technique of multiplying cells that have number
> entries that behave like text entries by the value of 1 to convert them to
> numbers.  However, some mixed cell entries, convert strangely.  For example
> the entry "6 A" (without the quotes) becomes 0.25 when multiplied by 1.
>
> Any explanation?  Any ideas on how to solve other than checking cell by cell
> to confirm all characters are numbers?
>
> Confused!  Frustated!  <grin>.
>
> Bob

--

Dave Peterson
```
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petersod (12004)
12/8/2008 12:45:56 PM
```Dave, I will give your approach a try.  I think it will solve. The only
concern is what else might get broken in the process <grin>.

I did a brute force solution, checking to make certain the cells contained
just numbers before converting.  There weren't that many entries (about a
1000) and the check went very fast.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

Bob

"Dave Peterson" <petersod@verizonXSPAM.net> wrote in message
news:493D1704.37C981D3@verizonXSPAM.net...
> First toggle a setting.
> Tools|Options|transition tab|check "transition formula evaluation"
>
> Select an empty cell
> Edit|copy
> Select the offending range
> edit|paste special Add (and values if you want)
>
> And toggle that setting off.
>
> I like to use an empty cell and add (instead of 1 and multiply) because
> empty
> cells in the offending range aren't changed to 0.
>
>
>
> Bob Flanagan wrote:
>>
>> I have been using the technique of multiplying cells that have number
>> entries that behave like text entries by the value of 1 to convert them
>> to
>> numbers.  However, some mixed cell entries, convert strangely.  For
>> example
>> the entry "6 A" (without the quotes) becomes 0.25 when multiplied by 1.
>>
>> Any explanation?  Any ideas on how to solve other than checking cell by
>> cell
>> to confirm all characters are numbers?
>>
>> Confused!  Frustated!  <grin>.
>>
>> Bob
>
> --
>
> Dave Peterson

```
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nospam2791 (369)
12/10/2008 1:36:02 PM
```When I use any of those transition settings, I always turn them off as soon as
I'm done--even when I tested this suggestion.

I don't recall how Lotus works, so I'm not going to leave those settings on!

Bob Flanagan wrote:
>
> Dave, I will give your approach a try.  I think it will solve. The only
> concern is what else might get broken in the process <grin>.
>
> I did a brute force solution, checking to make certain the cells contained
> just numbers before converting.  There weren't that many entries (about a
> 1000) and the check went very fast.
>
> Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
>
> Bob
>
> "Dave Peterson" <petersod@verizonXSPAM.net> wrote in message
> news:493D1704.37C981D3@verizonXSPAM.net...
> > First toggle a setting.
> > Tools|Options|transition tab|check "transition formula evaluation"
> > (xl2003 menus)
> >
> > Select an empty cell
> > Edit|copy
> > Select the offending range
> > edit|paste special Add (and values if you want)
> >
> > And toggle that setting off.
> >
> > I like to use an empty cell and add (instead of 1 and multiply) because
> > empty
> > cells in the offending range aren't changed to 0.
> >
> >
> >
> > Bob Flanagan wrote:
> >>
> >> I have been using the technique of multiplying cells that have number
> >> entries that behave like text entries by the value of 1 to convert them
> >> to
> >> numbers.  However, some mixed cell entries, convert strangely.  For
> >> example
> >> the entry "6 A" (without the quotes) becomes 0.25 when multiplied by 1.
> >>
> >> Any explanation?  Any ideas on how to solve other than checking cell by
> >> cell
> >> to confirm all characters are numbers?
> >>
> >> Confused!  Frustated!  <grin>.
> >>
> >> Bob
> >
> > --
> >
> > Dave Peterson

--

Dave Peterson
```
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petersod (12004)
12/10/2008 2:26:48 PM

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