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hi Jerry, pleased to meet you!

As an Excel user for many, many years, I am totally puzzled when, in Excel 2010 I enter a number, say 500, in a spreadsheet cell, and find 5 instead of 500. And so it goes with any other entry. In the Format Cells dialog box, is there anything I can  use to fix the problem?

But in Excel 2007 the problem does not exist. I enter 500 and I see 500.

Is something wrong with my copy of Excel 2010? Can you help?



Perhaps your two instances of Excel have different "default" settings in the CTRL-F (Find Wizard) window.   When the window is open click on OPTIONS and make sure the options are set to "Match Entire Cell" to avoid partial matches, and search "Values".
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Jerry Beaucaire


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