Fixed decimal place error


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I recently upgraded to Excel 2003 from earlier version. In Tools, Options,
Edit I select Fixed Decimal Places 2.

Formerly when I entered "80." I would get 80.00 in the field.

Now when I enter that I get .80.

This is either a change from earliers versions or a bug. Does anyone know
the answer to this?
 
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Rob Bovey

schroedercpa said:
I recently upgraded to Excel 2003 from earlier version. In Tools, Options,
Edit I select Fixed Decimal Places 2.
Formerly when I entered "80." I would get 80.00 in the field.
Now when I enter that I get .80.
This is either a change from earliers versions or a bug. Does anyone know
the answer to this?
I think you're confusing cell formatting with the fixed decimal places
setting. Setting fixed decimal places to 2 has resulted in the behavior you
describe for as long as I can remember (I have all versions of Excel going
back to Excel 5 installed here and I've verified that).

To get the behavior you're looking for, turn off the fixed decimal
places setting, select all your data entry cells, choose Format/Cells/Number
from the menu, select Number from the Category list and click OK.

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