Can't change format of cell

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Soo - Jan 31, 2016 at 08:41 PM
TrowaD Posts 2921 Registration date Sunday September 12, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen December 27, 2022 - Feb 9, 2016 at 11:13 AM
Hello,

Using Excel 2013.
I have a document which consists of various combinations for padlocks in a format of
00-00-00

most come out correctly, but when a number combination imitates a date
i.e. 30-5-68
the cell will revert to 30/5/1968. I cannot change the format of the cell and have to manually go and reenter them all as text with the apostrophe at the beginning,
which when I am dealing with about 500 combinations and around 300 are imitating dates, can be a tad annoying and time consuming.
Does anybody have a solution please?
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TrowaD Posts 2921 Registration date Sunday September 12, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen December 27, 2022 552
Feb 1, 2016 at 11:33 AM
Hi Soo,

Formatting as text should work.

Best regards,
Trowa
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No. It doesn't. Tried that. But thanks anyway.
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TrowaD Posts 2921 Registration date Sunday September 12, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen December 27, 2022 552
Feb 9, 2016 at 11:13 AM
Hi Soo,

I see what you mean as it only works for new entry's.

What does seem to work is formatting the column as date: dd-mm-yy.

Hopefully that helps.

Best regards,
Trowa
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