Turn off error checking when entering numbers into Excel text fields

You designed your Excel spreadsheet so that you will be able to keep track of your products’ prices and part numbers, and you applied the Text format to the Part Number column — yet every time you enter a part number into a cell, the Smart Tag pops up with a Number Stored As Text error. You can turn off this type of error checking without having to turn off Smart Tags altogether — follow these steps to prevent the error from occurring in Excel 2007:

  1. Click the Office button.
  2. Click the Excel Options button.
  3. Click Formulas in the left column.
  4. Under Error Checking, clear the Numbers Formatted As Text Or Proceeded By An Apostrophe check box.

To prevent the error from occurring in Word 2002/2003:

  1. Go to Tools | Options.
  2. Click the Error Checking tab.
  3. Clear the Number Stored As Text check box, and click OK.

Miss an Excel tip?

Check out the Microsoft Excel archive, and catch up on other Excel tips.

Help users increase productivity by automatically signing up for TechRepublic’s free Microsoft Office Suite newsletter, featuring Word, Excel, and Access tips, delivered each Wednesday.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s