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How do I take this cell that was dumped out of a system and format to quantity.
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we are missing information required in order to help you
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=IF(ISNUMBER(D4),,NUMBERVALUE(D4))


this formula is in column D5.. just change your columns accordingly

the formula checks to see if the value is a number, if it's not, it changes it to a Number value (NUMBERVALUE())
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If you mean generally how quantities are normally formatted in a spreadsheet, I use a number format so I can have comma thousands separators and no decimal places. Of course, if the quantity can be fractional (like "4.5 ounces") then you'll need decimals. In Excel you would select that column or cells, right-click, press "Format Cells", and set it up like this:
Format CellsIt will also depend on what spreadsheet you're using and what system the data is coming from.
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Iammontoya,

Applied your formula and it just brought back a #Name.
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you must have a valid value in that field... like if you had '239958
it would convert that to 239958
if you had pizza in that field.. it would not be able to convert that to a number
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@Iammontoya if right: if you're actually looking at "######" like in your example, there is no number in that field, it's just a string of pound signs. Your import did not bring over numeric data that can be formatted.
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Thanks again.
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