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Hi, I am creating a very simple Excel file for a user to populate with part numbers that I have attached to a Crystal report. We are on;ly using column A with no formulas or calculations. This is just a flat file for them to use to get data back just on the part numbers that they want to see. I have populated several cells for testing and found I have one rogue. When entering the data all of my entries justify to the left except this one number, it justifies to the right. This is no big deal except it tells me something must be different about this part number. If I go to the Crystal report that is using this file to look up the part numbers and I browse this data field I can see all the part numbers that I have entered except this one. This is an example of the list:

2722M69G01
4013770-389
5318216-01
5318217-01
5319098-01
7010102H03
704977-3
7083M57G02
7086M33G01
710181-2CSI
749059-1
763904
1725911

It is the last one in this list that is the trouble maker, 1725911. I have tried formatting the cells to number, text and general with the same frustrating results. Any help with this would be appreciated.

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by:Ejgil Hedegaard
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General format means that text are left justified, and numbers are right.
The last 2 on the list are numbers, the others are text.
To force a number to be a text, add a ' in front of the number, so the last will be '1725911
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That is the strange thing. The next to the last one, which is a number, shows up just fine.
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Please upload a sample file.
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Oops, my mistake. So I have to have the user add the ' whenever it is a "number"?
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If you format the column as text before entering, numbers are inserted as text.
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Thank you!
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