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Windows 7: Text and numbers are shown as General in excel 2010

17 Oct 2014   #1

windows 7 32-bit
Text and numbers are shown as General in excel 2010


When I enter a text into a cell, say "Programming" or a number, say "12.543", Excel shows each one as general instead of a text or number! Why please?

What text or number I need to enter into a cell that Excel shows and treats it as number or text?

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17 Oct 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

To set the actual formatting of each cell you need to select from the General drop down menu.
The screen shot below shows where to find this. There are a lot of options here for cell formatting. This screen shot is from Excel 2013, but I think Excel 2010 is the sane.

Text and numbers are shown as General in excel 2010-excel_cell_formatting_menu.png

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18 Oct 2014   #3

windows 7 32-bit

Excuse me! I asked about the way MS Excel itself recognizes the format. I know by using that list how to apply the formats
I say, for example, when I enter "21-3-2014", Excel immediately recognizes it and shows it as date in General menu. What about texts and numbers? That is, for example, what text I need to enter into a cell so that Excel itself immediately (like date) recognizes it and shows it as "text" in General menu?
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