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Microsoft KB Archive/101644

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Excel: Numbers Not Converted Correctly with Transferred Files

Last reviewed: September 12, 1996
Article ID: Q101644

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Excel for Windows, versions 3.0, 4.0, 4.0a
  • Microsoft Excel for OS/2, version 3.0
  • Microsoft Excel for the Macintosh, versions 3.0, 4.0

When you open a non-Microsoft-Excel formatted file in Microsoft Excel, time values may not be correctly converted. This incorrect conversion may result in a column of times that resemble the following:

   A1:    611
   A2:   1232
   A3:  74532
   A4: 111523

To change the above example into valid times, do the following:

  1. In cell B1, type the following formula:

         =TIME(LEFT(TEXT(A1,"000000"),2),MID(TEXT(A1,"000000"),3,2),
          RIGHT(TEXT(A1,"0000000"),2))
  2. Fill the formula to cell B4.
  3. To display the values in the correct time format:

    a. From the Format menu, choose Number.

    b. Under Value Type, select Time.

    c. In the Code box, type "hh:mm:ss" (without the quotation marks).

Your new values should resemble the following:

   B1: 00:06:11
   B2: 00:12:32
   B3: 07:45:32
   B4: 11:15:23

To replace the original times with the new times in B1:B4:

  1. Select B1:B4 and choose Copy from the Edit menu.
  2. Select A1:A4 and choose Paste Special from the Edit menu.
  3. In the Paste Special box, select Values and choose OK.

B1:B4 can now be cleared or deleted from the worksheet.

REFERENCES

"Function Reference," version 4.0, pages 431-432, 433 "Function Reference," version 3.0, pages 234-235, 236


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Last reviewed: September 12, 1996
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