Convert to numbers!!!! Help!

bahllr

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I have a workbook full of six digit numbers that I need to manipulate but can't. They have been data-dumped from a server and copied as non-numeric values.

I have tried EVERYTHING I could find on how to convert these column cells to numeric fields:

Multiplying by 1 - didn't work
VBA Code - For Each xCell In Range("a1:a1012")
xCell.Value = xCell.Value
Next xCell -didn't work
Format Cells as numbers - didn't work
Format Cells as general - didn't work
Remove Spaces - didn't work
Text to Columns - didn't work


Maybe I have done something wrong.....but I am DESPERATE for help and would appreciate any assistance/ ideas you may have!

This is how the data is stored.


<table x:str="" style="border-collapse: collapse; width: 48pt;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="64"><col style="width: 48pt;" width="64"> <tbody><tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td class="xl65" style="height: 15pt; width: 48pt;" width="64" height="20">000216 </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td class="xl65" style="height: 15pt;" height="20">000703 </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td class="xl65" style="height: 15pt;" height="20">000744 </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td class="xl65" style="height: 15pt;" height="20">000819 </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td class="xl65" style="height: 15pt;" height="20">002184 </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td class="xl65" style="height: 15pt;" height="20">002529 </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td class="xl65" style="height: 15pt;" height="20">002571 </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td class="xl65" style="height: 15pt;" height="20">002573 </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td class="xl65" style="height: 15pt;" height="20">002783 </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td class="xl65" style="height: 15pt;" height="20">003222 </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td class="xl65" style="height: 15pt;" height="20">003645 </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td class="xl65" style="height: 15pt;" height="20">003826 </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td class="xl65" style="height: 15pt;" height="20">004034 </td> </tr> </tbody></table>
 

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arkusM

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Have you tried?
=Value(a1)

or

Copy and paste values of the table into an new sheet on a new workbook?
 

bertie

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Try saving the file as .csv. Close the file down and open it back up again.
 

bahllr

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I have tried both....they don't seem to work either.

The numbers stay on the left side of the cell (indicating format as text) and not the right....

If I try to select a cell and build a formula to add 1 to it, I always get "#VALUE"....

what is wrong with this data?! :)
 

bahllr

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bertie,

Thanks for the suggestion. I tried saving it as a CSV. file format and when I opened it and tried to manipulate the data, I was unable to change anything....nice idea though.
 

bertie

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Are there any spaces in the numbers form the data dump?

try

=Trim(a1)*1
 

bertie

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bertie,

Thanks for the suggestion. I tried saving it as a CSV. file format and when I opened it and tried to manipulate the data, I was unable to change anything....nice idea though.


What is it you are trying to "change"?
Have you tried saving it again as an Excel file before manipilating the data?
 

bahllr

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bertie,

Thanks for helping to work this...

I am sorry to say the trim function didn't help. Neither did resaving and opening it as an xls file...

I am going back to the individual who sent me the data to learn more of where it came from and what options they had to paste it to excel....

Any other ideas?
 

arkusM

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sometimes the excel file corrupts. Have you tried copying the data and value-only pasting in a brand new file. I have run into this before and I believe that is what I ended up doing.
 

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