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Trying to enter MAC address

Posted on 2011-03-23
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I'm trying enter some MAC addresses on a Excel spreadsheet, however when I enter certain MAC addresses, excel turns it into an equation, (ex. 001280938E92), I noticed that any MAC address with the letter 'E' followed by a number, excel changes it, (1.28E+98) that's what Excel changed it to after I typed in the MAC address. Is there any way I can stop it from doing that? I've tried formatting cells and clicking on General, but it keeps changing it back. All the other MAC addresses I've been able to enter with no problem, just the ones with the letter 'E' followed by a number are giving me problems
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Ardhendu Sarangi earned 500 total points
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Hi,
When you enter the mac address, start typing with a single quote - '.

this is preserve your formatting in excel. So instead of 001280938E92, try it as '001280938E92.
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by:Rory Archibald
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Or format the cells as Text before entering your data.
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That worked!! Thanks, it was driving me crazy
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