I am trying to cut and paste various data fields into Excel, and one of the fields is a number followed by a hyphen followed by another number. For instance: 5-27 or 7-98. These are *NOT* dates, but Excel interprets them as such and does so as May-27 or Jul-98. I have tried to format the column and the whole sheet as "text" cells prior to pasting, but the data actually causes Excel to override my formatting and it *STILL* incorrectly interprets these expressions as dates. I'm going to have a date with a therapist soon if I can't fix this. I've searched tools/options, but nothing jumps out at me as a way to tell Excel to cease and desist this annoying practice. Are there any out there that have encountered and/or solved this issue? Help would be greatly appreciated.