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Convert to Number

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Error indicator in cell      A green triangle in the upper-left corner of a cell indicates an error in the formula in the cell. If you select the cell, the Trace Error Button image button appears. Click the arrow next to the button for a list of options.

I have some cell that will not chg formatting... unless I use the little arrow off to the left of the cells.

Can I force the "Convert to Number with a macro on the column of where the active cell is?

Please advise and thanks. -R-
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RWayneH
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Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Just changing the format will not change the contents.

If the content is

'12345

It will be recognised as text because of the apostrophe even if formatted in a number style.

As you rightly say, using the Error dropdown option "Convert to Number" corrects it.

An equivalent VBA command would be:

Cell.Value = Cell.Value

Seems bizarre but by doing that Excel effectively copies the value out and back in and when going back in it recognises it as a number so forces it as a number. It would help if the cell format was General to start with.

Thanks
Rob H
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Rgonzo1971Commented:
HI,

try this macro

Sub ConvertTextToNumber()
    'choose an empty cell
    Set rCellWithOne = Cells(Rows.Count, Columns.Count)
    rCellWithOne.Value = 1

    Set Rng = Selection.EntireColumn.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeConstants)
    Rng.NumberFormat = "General"
    rCellWithOne.Copy
    Rng.PasteSpecial xlPasteValues, xlPasteSpecialOperationMultiply

    rCellWithOne.Clear
End Sub

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Regards
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RWayneHAuthor Commented:
Rgonzo1971
How would I edit your code to convert everything that is in column F? instead of selecting a cell?

 robhenson

Columns("F:F").Select
Cell.Value = Cell.Value   failed      -R-
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Rgonzo1971Commented:
Hi,

pls try

Sub ConvertTextToNumber()
    'choose an empty cell
    Set rCellWithOne = Cells(Rows.Count, Columns.Count)
    rCellWithOne.Value = 1

    Set Rng = Range("F:F").SpecialCells(xlCellTypeConstants)
    Rng.NumberFormat = "General"
    rCellWithOne.Copy
    Rng.PasteSpecial xlPasteValues, xlPasteSpecialOperationMultiply

    rCellWithOne.Clear
End Sub

Open in new window

regards
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Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Range("A1").Select
Do Until Cell.Value = ""
Cell.Value = Cell.Value
Activecell.Offset(1,0)
Loop
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RWayneHAuthor Commented:
Both worked.  Thanks for the help. -R-
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