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Microsoft KB Archive/103767

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Mac Works: Text Converted to Time, Date, or Exponential Value

PSS ID Number: Q103767 Article last modified on 10-22-1998

3.0 4.0



The information in this article applies to:

  • == Microsoft Works for the Macintosh, version 3.0 and 4.0 ==


In a Microsoft Works spreadsheet, when you enter a date, time, number with a slash, or a number with an alpha character (such as “E”, “AM” or “PM”), in uppercase or lowercase (for example, 10e5, 3 PM, 5 am), Microsoft Works converts the number to a standard date, time, or exponential value. For example, 10e5 will be converted to 1.00E+6, 3 pm will be converted to 3:00 PM, and 1/2 will be converted to 2-Jan.

When you import a text file into Microsoft Works, these same conversions will occur if your file contains entries similar to the above formats.


When Microsoft Works encounters a number between 1 and 12 followed by a space and the letters pm, pm is interpreted as PM. If the space is followed by the letters am, am interpreted as AM. Both types of numbers will be evaluated as time values. Similarly, when Microsoft Works encounters a slash separating values that can be interpreted as a month, day, and/or year, the entry will be formatted as a date. Finally, when Microsoft Works encounters an e between two numbers where e is not the first or the last character, the entry will be converted to an exponential value.

If you want to enter a value such as 10e5, 1 pm, or 1/2 into a cell, and you do not want the value to be converted to a number format, enter the number as a text value. To enter a number as a text value, enter a quotation mark in front of the entry. For example, the following


will be displayed as 1/2, not as a date. Please refer to page 173 of the Works 3 User’s Guide for more information.

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Version : 3.0 4.0 Platform : MACINTOSH Issue type : kbinfo ============================================================================= Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1998.