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Hi. I downloaded a large amount of data to consolidate into a spreadsheet. The practice management software would only download each month into separate Excel spreadsheets which I used cell references to consolidate financial numbers into one spreadsheet. Since I did not need the references once I built the consolidated sheet, I converted all references to values (dollars). All values were converted to numbers with an asterisk after the value. Example 4567*.  Well after a lot of frustrating attempts to use the values as numbers, I figured out that the pesky asterisk is making the value text.  I have a bunch load of number .... I would love to know if there is a way to get rid of the asterisk without going to each cell and deleting it. I've tried various formatting options but nothing seems to work. Is there a way to do this without advanced programming knowledge?

Thank you for the help.


Almost any other character would have been easy, but the asterisk is a wild card - so doing a search and replace doesn't work as it simply replaces everything in the document.

IF the data is all in one column, you can use data, text to columns to split the column into two columns, splitting by the asterisk - you can then delete the column with the asterisks in it.  Otherwise, if you can save as text, open it in notepad you could then do a replace for asterisk with nothing and resave.  Finally, a macro could do it - it isn't too difficult:

Sub fix_asterisk()
For Each cl In Range("A1:a10") 'replace this with the actual range you want to check
If Right(cl.Value, 1) = "*" Then cl.Value = Left(cl.Value, Len(cl.Value) - 1)
End Sub
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Aidan Heritage


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