Using ' in front of numbers

jmmarsh

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I have been given a spreadsheet full of employee IDs - someone placed a ' in front of all the IDs however and management wants that removed (I'm thinking someone did it so zeros would show) - is there a mass way to remove the ' from all IDs and have zeros always show also? Thx : ) I did try the find/replace but it doesn't find the ' when searching.
 

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Joe4

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Highlight the column, format as a Numeric option, then go to Data | Text To Columns and click Finish. You just need to do one column at a time.
 

Oaktree

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Put a 0 in any unused cell. Copy that cell, select the range with the IDs, and use edit --> paste special --> add.
 

Grizlore

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Highlight the entire column
Click EDIT --> REPLACE
Enter the ' in the "find what" box
Leave the "replace with" empty
Click "REPLACE ALL"


Think I've just posted my first solution to someone elses problem!!!

:biggrin:
 

jmmarsh

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yah - I tried that but Excel doesn't recognize the ' as something to replace when using find/replace.

I did find that if you copy the column and do paste special and paste as values that works too : D
 
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