#### how do I stop Excel taking decimal fractions as dates?

```sometimes when I enter decimal fractions Excel thinks this is a date. How do
I stop this?

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10/21/2006 9:35:45 PM
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```Hi

Insert a single quote before the fraction '3/4
The quote will not show up in the cell, but it will tell Excel to treat
the cell as Text.

Alternatively, Format>Cells>Number>Fractions
3/4 will display as 3/4 but will be stored as 0.75 and can be used in
further calculations.

--
Regards

Roger Govier

"aa" <A@aa.com> wrote in message
news:efV2MhV9GHA.4376@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
> sometimes when I enter decimal fractions Excel thinks this is a date.
> How do
> I stop this?
>
>

```
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roger5293 (1125)
10/21/2006 9:40:47 PM
```If you mean that when you type something like 1/4 Excel converts it to 4-Jan,

Try this:
Pre-format the input cells to "Number"

<format><cells><number tab>
Category: Number
Click [OK]

Now, when you input fractions...they convert to decimal numbers
e.g. 1/4 becomes 0.25

(If the format was "General" Excel takes its best guess at what you meant.
In the case of fractions, dates often result.)

Does that help?
***********
Regards,
Ron

XL2002, WinXP

"aa" wrote:

> sometimes when I enter decimal fractions Excel thinks this is a date. How do
> I stop this?
>
>
>
```
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10/21/2006 9:46:01 PM
```I forgot to mention....
if you want the fraction to remain a numeric fraction...

Either set the numeric format of the cell to "fraction"
OR
when entering the fraction, precede it with a zero and a space:
e.g. 0 1/4  would have a value of 0.25, but display as 1/4

***********
Regards,
Ron

XL2002, WinXP

"Ron Coderre" wrote:

> If you mean that when you type something like 1/4 Excel converts it to 4-Jan,
>
> Try this:
> Pre-format the input cells to "Number"
>
> From the Excel main menu:
> <format><cells><number tab>
> Category: Number
> Click [OK]
>
> Now, when you input fractions...they convert to decimal numbers
> e.g. 1/4 becomes 0.25
>
> (If the format was "General" Excel takes its best guess at what you meant.
> In the case of fractions, dates often result.)
>
> Does that help?
> ***********
> Regards,
> Ron
>
> XL2002, WinXP
>
>
> "aa" wrote:
>
> > sometimes when I enter decimal fractions Excel thinks this is a date. How do
> > I stop this?
> >
> >
> >
```
 0
10/21/2006 10:11:01 PM
```Thanks.
I am talking about decimal fractions like 0.25 not 1/4
I am entering digits and therefore entering comma every time is a chore
Also how do I set this as a default in Excel once and forever so as when I
start Excel I do not need to do this formatting?

"aa" <A@aa.com> wrote in message
news:efV2MhV9GHA.4376@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
> sometimes when I enter decimal fractions Excel thinks this is a date. How
do
> I stop this?
>
>

```
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A6686 (35)
10/21/2006 10:24:06 PM
```OK....now I need more details...

On my PC, if I type 0.25, that's exactly Excel puts in the cell and displays.

Exactly what to you type
and what does Excel convert it to?

***********
Regards,
Ron

XL2002, WinXP

"aa" wrote:

> Thanks.
> I am talking about decimal fractions like 0.25 not 1/4
> I am entering digits and therefore entering comma every time is a chore
> Also how do I set this as a default in Excel once and forever so as when I
> start Excel I do not need to do this formatting?
>
> "aa" <A@aa.com> wrote in message
> news:efV2MhV9GHA.4376@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
> > sometimes when I enter decimal fractions Excel thinks this is a date. How
> do
> > I stop this?
> >
> >
>
>
>
```
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10/21/2006 10:33:01 PM
```Hi, Ron, I think I now see what was the problem. On the computer I am using
the decimal separator is set to use comma (","). Therefore when I used dot,
it took it as a character string rather than a number.
Thanks for help

"Ron Coderre" <ronREMOVETHIScoderre@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
news:76BA49CA-2989-4232-8A05-4B24ABD1DC17@microsoft.com...
> OK....now I need more details...
>
> On my PC, if I type 0.25, that's exactly Excel puts in the cell and
displays.
>
> Exactly what to you type
> and what does Excel convert it to?
>
> ***********
> Regards,
> Ron
>
> XL2002, WinXP
>
>
> "aa" wrote:
>
> > Thanks.
> > I am talking about decimal fractions like 0.25 not 1/4
> > I am entering digits and therefore entering comma every time is a chore
> > Also how do I set this as a default in Excel once and forever so as when
I
> > start Excel I do not need to do this formatting?
> >
> > "aa" <A@aa.com> wrote in message
> > news:efV2MhV9GHA.4376@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
> > > sometimes when I enter decimal fractions Excel thinks this is a date.
How
> > do
> > > I stop this?
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
> >

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A6686 (35)
10/21/2006 11:13:20 PM

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