Help, My Columns Now Have Numbers Instead Of Letters.

A coworker asked me to help him with his excel file. He opened a file that had numbers instead of letters in the column labels, now he is seeing it in other files he linked that file to. How do you change it back? The name box even says R34C7 or R23C90 for Row and Column.

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I'm using Office 2003. Excel column labels used to be letters A-B-C etc, but
somehow got changed so both rows & columns have number labels. I would like
to go back to letters for column names, but haven't been able to find out how
to make the switch.

Title says it all really!!

For some reason, instead of letters, my row headings have numbers. This is making reading formulas incredibly confusing.

How can I change the row headings back to letters?


Help! I have one document where I can't see my row numbers or column letters
on my spreadsheet. This makes it difficult to select rows or columns to cut
and paste elsewhere. Is there a way to display the column letters and row
numbers (not on printed output, but on monitor)? This document was created
by a former co-worker and I have to modify it every year. There are numerous
formulas and details to start from scratch.


I have a list of values which include letters and numbers:

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In the next column I want to only see the letters without the numbers:

Is there a function to do this?




I basically have two files lets say file A and file B. File B has more than 20 cells that are linked to file A. The problem am afraid off is that each job I name files differently based on the custormer name or what ever. I want to use the same files content (as a template) for each job with the links between them as is but I belive file B (which will be D) will not recognize cells in file C because it is linked to file A.

I am trying to get your help if there is a way to have file B or D update links and have them change file name (not cell locations) automatically. As you know a link between two seperate files will include the file name between brackets followed by worksheet name and cell number as shown:


To make it even simpler, if I input file A's name in a cell in file B, can I use the content in that cell to update the linked cells path i.e. change the previous file name with the name in that cell and keep sheet name and cell number the same?? Is this possible???

I really appreciate your help and suggestions. If someone has a butter idea he is more than welcome



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The letters should be all capitalized and the combination should be letters and numbers alternately.
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I have an excel form that has some letters in front of some numbers, and I need to find a quick way to remove those letters without having to go to each one.

Ex: CLAYMCD5147760000017845
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I need them to just be the following on the excel column.

I know this question has been asked a bajillion times, so I apologize for the redundancy.

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Does anyone have any idea of how to work around this? Once I have successfully gotten the numbers to display as the long-chain number, how can I get them to "stick" so that they don't revert back to scientific format when I reopen the file?

Thanks so much for your help!


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I have a CSV file (comma delimited) that I am opening in Excel. One of the columns contains 8 digit hexadecimal numbers. When I open this file in Excel any of the hex numbers that have a hex "E" in the number are being converted to scientific numbers.

Example: 00089E58 is being converted and displayed as 8.9E+59

I really need these numbers to just simply display as is, even as just text. I do not need Excel to recognize them as hexadecimal or numbers at all. I tried converting the column to text after the file was opened but the scientific notations remain.

This file has ~50000 rows with probably 5% being converted into this unusable scientific number. I do not want to manually update these numbers if possible. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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hey my name says I am a complete novice but need to sort some data urgently

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Please understand that I am not Excel literate and any answer must be in
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I have a database that I am extracting data from by year that consists of a column for a customer name, a column for a file number, and a column for a liability amoumt (other columns are present but not important at this stage)

First, I need to programatically color all duplicate file numbers within a customer name, all triplicate file numbers

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This is very odd. I cannot find Excel files that contain specific strings.
For example, if I create a new file, and in the first cell type in "123456".
Then save the file to the folder c:\Temp
Then in Windows Explorer, right-click on C:\Temp and select "Search . . ."
Then under "A word or phrase in the file", type in: 123456
It will NOT find the file ! ! It will find a txt file or a doc file, but not xls files.

I thought maybe it fails because that is a number.
But I have hundreds of Excel files with Integer numbers stored in "General" format cells and I desperately need to be able to search them to see which files contain certain numbers.

It all started with some files that were sent to me - they work PERFECTLY for searching cells for numbers. So strange - yet if I open the file then save it . . . no changes or edits at all, just Open and Save . . . then the search fails for all numbers in that file.

This is so perplexing that I have placed 2 zip Sample files on my website for you to Download

Unzip the two files to any folder.
One is named "Sample-Works.xls" - Then do a Windows Search for any number in the file, here is one to try that is in the two files: 174026
And it will list "Sample-Works.xls" but it will NOT list "Sample-Fails.xls", even though BOTH FILES ARE IDENTICAL !! I copied the same file twice and then named them. The only difference is that I opened the file Sample-Fails.xls and then immediately Saved it, which as I stated earlier, makes it fail all Searches from that point forward.

Also please try this - using Windows Explorer, copy the good file and then redo the Search. You will see both the good files show up as having "174026". Then open the copy you made and save it - now that file will fail to show up in the Search ! !

I did try this on my other PC, by the way, and the same Problem exists.
I also tried numerous Search Utilities (Agent Ransack, File Boss, PowerDesk File Finder, Turbo Search, etc) and they all have the SAME problem. There is simply no way to Search an Excel file for a number unless it is one of those files that were emailed to me a while back.

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For some reason when I save an Excel 2003 file, it saves the file and adds an automatic copy by assigning a filename consisting of letters and numbers, with an unknown format. How can I stop this from happening?

i have just opened a spreadsheet in excel, and rather than the columns
showing as A B C they are showing the same as rows, in numbers 1 2 3. This is
not normal and i can't write formulas.


I have a list of letters + numbers in sequence down a column.
The numbers are prefixed by a letter in alphabetical order.
When I sort the the column the numbers sort in (I think) numeric format
(example below)

What I'd like to do is find out if any values are missing from a sequence
and highlight the row before and/or after the missing value(s).

I know this can be done with conditional formatted when the column is a sequence of only numbers (no letter prefix)
and also sorted normally eg. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 vs 1,10,11-19,2,20,21,22,23 etc.


Thanks for your time,



What I want to do is to click a file in Windows Explorer and then drag
and drop it into a cell of an opened Excel file to create a hyperlink
to this file (i.e. later on if the linked file is a PDF file and if I
click the link, it will open the file in Adobe Reader. Of course, it
does not work in the way as I thought. Instead, Excel reads the file
into a worksheet. I wonder whether anyone has an idea how to achieve
this. It is just too tedious to use Insert -> Hyperlink to create the
link if there are many files to be linked. Thanks for any suggestion.


Morning all,
I have searched for an answer before posting this thread, so apologies if this has already been covered.

I am an average user of Excel 2003 to manage a 1.7mb shared workbook, from which 40+ users input data. I have 3 main serious problems:

1) Although shared, occaisionally I get the message " the file is locked by USER, please save with different file name

2) At least twice a week, my workbook becomes corrupt and a series of weird files appear next to the Original file. These files have no extension, no description, they look like temporary files, but do not delete themselves, always 8 characters in length, a mix of numbers and letters.

I delete these files when they appear, remove the sharing, save the file, then share it again to prevent corruption, but 2 days later, same happens again. I am unable to open the original spreadsheet, but if I click on one of these weird files, it opens up to my workbook????

3)when I remove sharing, a number of users appear in the list, but are not actually in the file. Or the same name will appear twice with different dates.

I appreciate any thoughts you may have with these issues.

Many Thanks



I am trying to include letters w/ number in a cell and still have Excel add up the column.

For example column might look like this:
1 AHV (in same cell)
1 CHV (ditto)

but when I add the letters to the cell, Excel stops recognizing the number and doesn't include it in the count:
4 (The correct answer should be 6)

Thanks for your help.