using formulas on pasted data

NotExcelMaster

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For my work I'm using reports which are displayed in Excell format in IE window. There is no export or save button, so what i have to do is copy and paste.

When i try to create some formulas for one of the columns(e.g. SUM()) i get zero. This is because for some reason I am unable to format cells. Even though I change column data to number instead of general, no changes are visible (for example i change to number with 2 decimal places)untill I click on a cell and press F2(edit). Only then formula starts to work. Those cells are not locked.

Any thoughts?
 

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How are you copying and pasting?
 

Aladin Akyurek

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NotExcelMaster said:
For my work I'm using reports which are displayed in Excell format in IE window. There is no export or save button, so what i have to do is copy and paste.

When i try to create some formulas for one of the columns(e.g. SUM()) i get zero. This is because for some reason I am unable to format cells. Even though I change column data to number instead of general, no changes are visible (for example i change to number with 2 decimal places)untill I click on a cell and press F2(edit). Only then formula starts to work. Those cells are not locked.

Any thoughts?

Download ASAP Utilities and run it on the data area to clean it up for excessive spaces and other chars like 160.
 

NotExcelMaster

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Aladin Akyurek said:
Download ASAP Utilities and run it on the data area to clean it up for excessive spaces and other chars like 160.

I installed ASAP and it is so cool. I never knew it existed.

As for the problem; it was fixed when used Convert "textnumbers" to numbers. Worked like magic.
For some reason Excel's original "Format cell" doesn't do all the work.

Thanks for your help. :)
 

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