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How Can I Convert Numbers, Which are Formatted as Text, to Actual Numbers in Excel

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Hi:

someone gave me some data to analyze in an Excel spreadsheet. The numbers (dollars actually) are not numeric, but text. (I have attached a sample)

How can I convert these to numbers that can be analyzed?

Thanks

Rex
EE-Sales-Example.xlsx
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Select one column of cells that contain the text.

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On the Data menu, click Text to Columns.

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Under Original data type, click Delimited, and click Next.

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Under Delimiters, click to select the Tab check box, and click Next.

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Under Column data format, click General.

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Click Advanced and make any appropriate settings for the Decimal separator and Thousands separator. Click OK.

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Click Finish.
The text is converted to numbers.

Hope This Helps !
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To convert text values to numeric values, enter zero in an unused cell, select the cell and press CTRL+C, select the cells to convert, select Paste Special (from the Paste drop down in the Clipboard group of the Home tab,) select the Add option, and click OK.

Kevin
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I'm sorry, but neither of those techniques worked for me.
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You need to get rid of the non-breaking space. To find and replace instances of the non-breaking space character, select the cells to be cleaned and press CTRL+H to open the Replace dialog. Click in the "Find what" text entry field and clear any text (press CTRL+LEFT, press CTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT, and press DELETE).  While holding the ALT key down enter 0160 on the numeric keypad. Click in the "Replace with" text entry field and clear any text (press CTRL+LEFT, press CTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT, and press DELETE). Click the "Replace All" command button.

Note: If using a laptop put the keyboard into number lock mode (by pressing the "Num Lk" key) and enter the numbers using the numeric keypad by pressing FN+ALT+digit where digit is any of the keys M=0, J=1, K=2, L=3, U=4, I=5, O=6, 7=7, 8=8, or 9=9. Do not use the regular number keys at the top of the keyboard. To turn off number lock press the "Num Lk" key again. Number lock mode is usually indicated with a lit "9" somewhere in the control light area.

Kevin
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Thanks. (That was the most screwed up data I've ever seen)
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