Keyed in number gets divided by 10

LLuaP

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Hello,

I'm having the strangest problem. I'm running Excel 2003 on an IBM Thinkpad T23 laptop with Windows XP SP2. Whenever I type in a number (not text) of a numeral Excel divides it by 10. IN ANY XLS FILE on my computer! Example,

WHERE IT ACTS ABNORMALLY:
I key in: 34 (or any positive or negative integer, on ANY CELL)
I hit ENTER.
the number in the cell turns into: 3.4

and the bug seems to show up in all the cell formats styles:
general, number, currency, accounting and scientific formats.
Here's an example picture: http://tinyurl.com/eyx6g

WHERE IT ACTS NORMALLY:
I key in: $34
I hit ENTER.
the number is: $34
I got WYSIWIG when I explicitly type in the dollar sign $ before any number.

This problem started this morning after I was doing a bunch of excel graphs. And when I opened any XLS files on my computer it divides the integer by 10. This affects all my XLS files, old, new, with graph, w/o graphs. Any xls file on my gosh dang computer! When I copy my xls sheets to my friend's computer, there is no problem. So the bug seems to be local only to my computer. I even downloaded OpenOffice (which sux) and tried their spreadhseet program and it worked fine.

WHAT I DID TO TRY TO FIX IT:
I uninstalled Office 2003, rebooted, and reinstalled Office 2003.
I copied my XLS files to my friends computer and there was no problem.
I have the latest updates for Windows XP.

I once read there was a division bug on Intel processors but I don't think those applied to Excel spreadsheets. Anyone ever encounter this problem? Any ideas?

Thanks for reading.
Paul
 

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Tazguy37

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Got any code in the workbook?

Go to the VBE (you can right-click the Excel symbol to the left of the word "File" in the menus, and select "View Code." Double-click each of the sheets in your project, and see if any code is visible in the code window on the right. Also, double click where it says "ThisWorkbook" on the right and see if there is any code in there. Post back with any code you may find (if there isn't any, let us know that as well).

Hope that helps!
 

Scott Huish

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Office Version
  1. 365
  2. 2010
Platform
  1. Windows
Click on Tools then Options
Click on the Edit tab
If the Fixed decimal box is checked, uncheck it.
Click OK.
 

Tazguy37

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No wonder I've never used that option. What an annoyance that would be (but I guess it could be convenient if you're doing a sheet with fixed decimal places all over). I'll have to remember that one. Thanks for pointing that out!
 

LLuaP

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Thank you, HOTPEPPER!!
HALLELUJAH! Many, many, many thanks! Wow. I had a suspicion it was a gosh dang option. What a relief! Now I can get back to work! I swear, collectively this board is like an infinite well of Excel knowledge. LOL!

Thanks again, Hotpepper!
All the best,
Paul
 
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