Knowing how to convert text to number in Excel is a valuable skill
to have, especially when you have to import a file into excel with
some of these numbers formatted as text. When this happens, most people
would try to format the cell as a number format. Yet it does not seem to
work. This is because Excel still recognized them as text. To complete the
process, I used to edit the cells individually and then press the "**Enter**"
key so that Excel can recalculate the cell. The action will convert the text
formatted number to real number. To do that for thousands of cells is a nightmare.

Here is one method to convert text to numbers easily.

1. Type a number 1 into a cell. Copy the number 1 in the cell. You can also use **Ctrl** + **C** to copy.

2. Highlight the range of text formatted numbers.

3. Without de-selecting the range, go to the menu, click on
**edit**, **paste special**.

4. In the paste special dialog box, select **multiply** or
**add** in the operations section as shown.

5. Click OK. The texts are converted to numbers.

If it is a formula in the cells, then the above cannot be used. Here is what you should do:

a. Highlight the range of text formatted formulas.

b. Format the cell as **General** category.

c. Activate the replace function by going to the menu,
select **edit**, **replace**.

d. In the replace dialog box, enter "=" (without inverted commas) in both the find and replace box.

e. Click on the **Replace All** button. As Excel replace
the "=" sign, it will recalculates the formulas in the cells. The
formulas in the selected cells are converted to real formulas.

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