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Excel values not updating

There’s a quirk with Microsoft Excel 2010 (and possibly other versions) where custom number formats don’t get applied to existing data.

This quick fix can save you from the tedium of re-entering thousands of rows of data.

When entering numerical data in Excel, it helps to format it according to the type of data it is. percentage, currency, date, or text—helps drive consistency and accuracy in displaying and working with your data.

If you find yourself in this boat, try this trick: Start with a range of pre-entered data.In this example, we’re using a column that’s entered as text.We’d like to give it custom formatting, so it looks more like a time from a stopwatch.We want to give it the format: [h]:mm:ss To do this, start by selecting the column. Choose Custom and type in the format you want to use for the numbers. Notice nothing has changed, even though it shows “Custom” in the Number Format drop-down.Then, click the drop-down in the Number pane of the Home ribbon. If you edit the cell and press enter, the new format takes effect.But with hundreds of rows of data, this will take forever. The number formatting of all the cells will update. What it does is take all the values from each row and then re-enters them into the cells automatically.To speed things up, select the column and go to the Data ribbon and click Text to Columns. For this reason, this trick will not work for cells that are formulas.If you have formulas, pressing F9 should recalculate the sheet and update the number format.But in my experience, I haven’t had this problem with formulas.Supposing you have created a chart to track the daily sales based on a range of data in your workbook.But you need to change or edit the number of the data every day, in this case, you have to update the chart manually so it includes the new data.

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