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When I enter a formula in a cell with the the insert functon device, it does not calculate itself, but shows as text

Eg I entered the following using the insert function device (Fx beside the line)
=FIXED(Value(Left(N2,2))+Value(Right(N2,2)),0,True)
where N2 refers to a string that contains numbers only ("010203")

Instead of returning the Text "4" I only get
=FIXED(Value(Left(N2,2))+Value(Right(N2,2)),0,True) and no calculation.

I can't figure out why this is happening.


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  • JImbo2258 Dec 04, 2007

    I didn't realise that you could not enter formulas into a cell formatted as text.
    CNEWTON2 Many thanks

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The problem may be that the cell (row or column) has been formatted as Text.
Change the format of the cell to General (or another numeric supported format), then rekey / edit the formula.

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Is there by any chance a space or any other character before the equals sign? That could cause your formula to display as text.

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