formuals not "being accepted" by XL97

tjak

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I'm trying to get two files set up to use VLOOKUP to find matches. But, neither workbook will "accept" any kind of formula. When I write in the fomula and hit enter, the formula itself shows in the cell (it takes no action).

Automatic Calculation is on.

Both files are imported: one as XL, the other as text, converted to XL. I've also tried saving both files as XL, then trying the formula on the saved files without success.

What am I / have I done wrong?

P.S. Even a simple "if" formula doesn't get acted on.
 

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just_jon

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Your cells are formatted as Text.

Highlight the range, then do a Find/Replace all of the "=" sign with itself.
 

tjak

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Sorry Jon, severe brain freeze here.
Target columns have been formatted as "numbers".
I don't understand the find/replace instruction. Please explain a bit more clearly : what am I finding and with what am I replacing it?
 

just_jon

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You'd do a File and Replace All on the equal sign symbol [=] replacing it with itself.

If the cell format was text, the replace should coerce it back to general.
 

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