We help IT Professionals succeed at work.
Get Started

Excel How to remove a charachter without messing up data

234 Views
Last Modified: 2018-02-02
I have a column in spreadsheet.  It has a (') in front of each number '006040001
When I use the find and replace with a space it turns only some of the numbers into something that looks like a formula that looks like this 9.9502E+17 instead of the number.
I tried formatting the column as text and I also tried formatting the column using copy, paste value only.

In both cases I still get this on some of the numbers.  If I click on it the real numbers do come back  but I need this to just be a text value as I am using it for a naming convention.  The number were generated by a program I have no control over.
.
Comment
Watch Question
Excel & VBA Expert
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Most Valuable Expert 2018
Awarded 2015
Commented:
This problem has been solved!
Unlock 1 Answer and 21 Comments.
See Answer
Why Experts Exchange?

Experts Exchange always has the answer, or at the least points me in the correct direction! It is like having another employee that is extremely experienced.

Jim Murphy
Programmer at Smart IT Solutions

When asked, what has been your best career decision?

Deciding to stick with EE.

Mohamed Asif
Technical Department Head

Being involved with EE helped me to grow personally and professionally.

Carl Webster
CTP, Sr Infrastructure Consultant
Ask ANY Question

Connect with Certified Experts to gain insight and support on specific technology challenges including:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Research
  • Professional Opinions
Did You Know?

We've partnered with two important charities to provide clean water and computer science education to those who need it most. READ MORE