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Hi..

I am setting data type for the cells by

cellRightClick>>Selct Format cell>Select Number Tab>>Select data Type

How to I retrieve the type which I assigned for the cells..

e.g : if  I assigned

cell>>RightClick>>Format cell

cells(1,1) = "General"
cells(2,1) = "Number"
cells(3,1) = "Date"
cells(4,1) = "Currency"

How to I get retreived the Data type which I assigned thru wizard..

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Hi ps_velan,
The TYPE function returns the data type:
=TYPE(A1)      returns 1 for numeric, 2 for text, 4 for logical, 8 for formula, 16 for error, 64 for array

The CELL function returns the format:
=CELL("format",A1)         There are numerous return values--see the on-line help for their meaning

Cheers!

Brad
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ps_velan,
Here are the possible return values from =CELL("format",A1). This information is taken from the on-line Help. The value on the left is the Data type you assigned with the wizard; the value on the right is what the CELL function returns for that data type.

General "G"
0 "F0"
#,##0 ",0"
0.00 "F2"
#,##0.00 ",2"
$#,##0_);($#,##0) "C0"
$#,##0_);[Red]($#,##0) "C0-"
$#,##0.00_);($#,##0.00) "C2"
$#,##0.00_);[Red]($#,##0.00) "C2-"
0% "P0"
0.00% "P2"
0.00E+00 "S2"
# ?/? or # ??/?? "G"
m/d/yy or m/d/yy h:mm or mm/dd/yy "D4"
d-mmm-yy or dd-mmm-yy "D1"
d-mmm or dd-mmm "D2"
mmm-yy "D3"
mm/dd "D5"
h:mm AM/PM "D7"
h:mm:ss AM/PM "D6"
h:mm "D9"
h:mm:ss "D8"

If the info_type argument in the CELL formula is "format", and if the cell is formatted later with a custom format, then you must recalculate the worksheet to update the CELL formula.

Brad
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Of course in VBA you can get similar information with ActiveCell.NumberFormat
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by:pj071397
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How to use the =CELL("format",A1) funtion? sample code in vb.net
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pj,
You would be better off posting a new question regarding the use of CELL function in VB.Net. The only people seeing your comment here are the participants in this question--and I do not use VB.Net and am therefore unable to offer a suggestion.

Brad
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