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Microsoft KB Archive/173064

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XL: General Number Format Applied to Improper Time Entry

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Excel 97 for Windows
  • Microsoft Excel for Windows 95, versions 7.0, 7.0a
  • Microsoft Excel for Windows, versions 5.0, 5.0a, 5.0c


In Microsoft Excel, when you enter a time into a cell, the cell may change to the General number format, and display a decimal number.


This behavior occurs when you enter an improper time value, where the minutes are greater than or equal to 60. For example if you type "5:62" (without the quotation marks), the cell displays "0.251389"


To work around this problem, change the cell to the Time number format. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click to select the cell.
  2. On the Format menu, click Cells.
  3. On the Number tab, click Time in the Category list, and then click the time format you want in the Type list. Click OK.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.


For more information about formatting, click the Index tab in Microsoft Excel Help, type the following text

number formats, in cells

and then double-click the selected text. Click to select "Change the way Microsoft Excel displays numbers, dates, and times" and click Display.

Additional query words: XL97

Keywords : xlformat
Version : WINDOWS:5.0,5.0a,5.0c,7.0,7.0a,97
Platform : WINDOWS
Issue type : kbbug
Technology :

Last Reviewed: November 16, 1999
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