At 20:32 12/09/2018 -0400, Art Noname wrote:
It's a shame that I can't enter numbers with paste, or paste special.
You can. Use Paste Special... if necessary only if your data source
is itself a spreadsheet and the values risk arriving with a numerical
The raw data is in html format from the web, so importing it as text
might be viable.
Indeed, 127.000 and 127.7 are the same number, however, it seems
that when I enter 127.700, there should be a way to prevent the
spreadsheet from formatting it for its own internal use. I believe
this was my original question.
And the answer was to format your cell range as text.
Last evening, I figured out that I could add .00001 to each
frequency, which would allow me to search properly, since it's a
simple math function, it can be done automatically. So, I enter
127.700 MHz, then add 10Hz to each number. The search function does
work this way.
Sounds messy and error-prone.
I had never thought of formatting the columns BEFORE I pasted the
raw data into the spreadsheet!!!
That should have been on page one of your spreadsheet beginner's
manual. Wasn't it?
I have no problem working with text instead of numbers, ...
I can do the text part on a separate sheet from the main data. The
main sheet is getting more complicated as I add features, so the
move to a separate 'text only' sheet might be the answer.
You probably don't need to. As suggested earlier, just use VALUE(Xn)
where you would otherwise use Xn to extract real numbers from your
text values as necessary in formulae.
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