Editing excel file

Hello Experts,

I have an excel file that has a column of mobile numbers. The number are showing as (189) xxx-xxxx. I want to add this to the phone number +1 and modify the cell to +1-189-xxx-xxxx. what I try to put +1 and modify the cell and click enter to go to the cell below I the cell behaves as if I am adding the contents from the cell below. Its weird.

Is there another format other than excel or csv I can open it and make the changes on the phone list.


Can you please help me.
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GlowmanCommented:
Try adding a single quote before the +1
the + is acting as a mathematical operator
Saurabh Singh TeotiaCommented:
Another option is to format the column as text-->Press ctrl+1-->and format cell as text and you will be good on whatever telephone number you enter...This will remain the way it is

Saurabh...
SR ZakNetwork Solutions Author Commented:
I need the plus as I will be updating the phone numbers with Plus sign in active directory. How can I stop excel to behave this way
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SR ZakNetwork Solutions Author Commented:
I made the cell as text format when I do +1-231-xxx-xxx and go to the next cell if changes the number.

but if I do +1-+1-231-xxx-xxx  and take the cursor to the last digit and press enter it remains. this is terrible
Saurabh Singh TeotiaCommented:
I'm not sure how you doing it..Please refer to the enclosed format..I changed the format of the cell to number first and then try to enter the value and it remain as it's...

Text Format
Saurabh...

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tomfarrarCommented:
Is it necessary to change the area code from (713)555-5555 to -713-555-5555?
SR ZakNetwork Solutions Author Commented:
Ok thanks guys. This is good to know but not exactly what I was thinking.
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