How can I stop my text cells which start with a dash from turning into cells where Excel expects a formula?


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comment it using the single quote



will display -A10 in excel instead of it being misinterpreted as formula.

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    Thanks! Is there any option to turn it off though so I don't have to keep using a single quote? Dec 22, 2010 at 20:13
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    Maybe you can set the cell formatting to text/string before entering text.
    – Martin
    Dec 22, 2010 at 20:21
  • Preceding it by a space seems to be the easiest solution for me. Thanks everyone.... Dec 22, 2010 at 20:46

Use the 'find and replace' tool in excel. Find '=' and replace with nothing, i.e. an empty space. Then click on 'replace all.


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