With Excel, it is not quite a rare case that numbers starts behaving like text. The behavior is experienced when you fetch data from some source and some of the numbers are unable to acquire the proper number format.
The easiest way to identify the one is by looking at the left top corner of the cell. A numbering behaving as a text is usually:
In this short post we will try to learn how to convert such text to numbers.
Method No 01. Using notification handle in the cell:
When we click the notification for such numbers on the left top corner, it gives us option to
You can simply convert it to number by select the second option.
Method No. 02. Using Paste Special Options
You need to copy a blank cell first, and then select the range that has numbers stored as text. Select Paste Special > Operations > Add > OK.
Pressing Ok will convert the text to numbers.
Tip: You can reach the Paste Special Dialogue box by using the key combination: Alt+H+V+S and then tab to reach the Add option.
Method No. 03. Converting using formulas:
If you want to use formula for converting text to number, you can use following two formulas: