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I have a drawing in SolidEdge software, where the dimensions of the drawing are exported to Microsoft Excel. It has a column where various dimensions of the drawing are given in various forms in every row. Eg: Length is specified as w 9.2 (and this is a numeric cell). Straightness is specified as a\0.015] (and this is also a numeric cell), Length specified as 15.00 and so on...

When I click the 15.00 cell, the formula bar shows it as 15. When I try converting this cell to a Text cell and then try editing the number, I get an error message saying "The value you entered is not valid. A user has restricted values that can be entered into this cell".

What I'd like to know:
1. How can I see the scripting done for this worksheet, so that I can change the settings for any particular cell? I'm assuming that there's a general script written, which specifies something like "Column B of row 5 should have this kind of formatting" etc.
2. The reason I want this is, because on the drawing, some numbers shown like 15.0 are appearing as 15.00 on the Excel sheet, and this is incorrect, because the number of zeros is an indication of the coarseness, which in Mechanical engineering terms is an important factor to consider.
3. Out of curiosity: How in the world does Excel allow us to enter something like w 9.2 into a numeric field? Shouldn't it force it to be a text field?

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1. How can I see the scripting done for this worksheet

The behaviour you're experiencing is probably due to data validation on cells, which you can inspect by selecting one of the cells and then, on the Ribbon, Data -> Data Validation.

2. The reason I want this...

Not sure what your question is.

3. Out of curiosity...

Excel allows custom number formats which can display a text prefix and/or suffix to a numeric value.

Excel Format Cells dialog box

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Thanks. In question 2 what I meant was that in the SolidEdge drawing, a dimension is shown as 15.0 in the drawing; but when exported to Excel, the dimension is shown as 15.00 in Excel. I did not want the number of zeros to mismatch. And for question 3, the cell isn't shown as Custom. It strangely is a Number cell. –  Nav Jul 8 '13 at 6:38
Turns out that for question 2, it was because the "Format cells > Number" format was set to "Number", which was why even though the number was 15, it got displayed as 15.00. Would've worked out better if SolidEdge set the field to text instead of number. –  Nav Jul 8 '13 at 8:30
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