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I have a 17-digit alphanumeric field (ie: 1AB1BLK34WY100100). I used =MID($A$1,D1,1) to separate each character into it's own cell (D1 = 1 thru 17). Now the problem, I copy + paste special (Value) all 17 cells into another field. I have to manually change to numeric value each of the cells that are numeric to make my vlookup work.

My vlookup is (=IF(ISTEXT(S8),VLOOKUP(S8,$AA$2:$AB$34,2,FALSE),S8).
This formula works, I just don't want to have to copy + paste special (value) then change each field to numeric value every time I have a new SFC#. Is there an easier way to convert a field to numeric even though there is a alphabet in the cell?

Can you help? Thanks!

Hi Allan,

You can write a little macro which could do the job for you on the entire range in one go. I found this solution on another site which will surely meet your requirements:

Private Sub Command1_Click()
Range("H:H").select 'this can be your required range
With Selection
Selection.Numberformat = "General"
End With
End Sub

Hope this helps,
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