Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1   Report Post  
Old April 8th 08, 06:52 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.setup
external usenet poster
 
First recorded activity by ExcelBanter: Apr 2008
Posts: 3
Default Excel 2003 unwanted automatic Text to Columns

For work I regularly open .txt files in Excel 2003 with the "Open with"
command. The files opens in Excel one line per cell and then I can seperate
out everything I need. Today I did that and it's decided to automatically do
text to columns! This would be ok if it didn't decide to cut numbers in half.
I don't know what/who turned this feature on but I need to turn it off and
can't find how.

I can't concatenate everything back together correctly because it has taken
liberties with leading spaces and what it thinks is leading 0s.

Thank you!

  #2   Report Post  
Old April 8th 08, 07:21 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.setup
external usenet poster
 
First recorded activity by ExcelBanter: Apr 2008
Posts: 3
Default Excel 2003 unwanted automatic Text to Columns

I am currently having to use the Data Imprt option but it is taking a lot
longer and for what I'm doing I can already see potentially big problems.

"Hollie C" wrote:

For work I regularly open .txt files in Excel 2003 with the "Open with"
command. The files opens in Excel one line per cell and then I can seperate
out everything I need. Today I did that and it's decided to automatically do
text to columns! This would be ok if it didn't decide to cut numbers in half.
I don't know what/who turned this feature on but I need to turn it off and
can't find how.

I can't concatenate everything back together correctly because it has taken
liberties with leading spaces and what it thinks is leading 0s.

Thank you!

  #3   Report Post  
Old April 8th 08, 07:39 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.setup
external usenet poster
 
First recorded activity by ExcelBanter: Jul 2006
Posts: 35,218
Default Excel 2003 unwanted automatic Text to Columns

Excel likes to help by remembering the choices you've made on that dialog.

One way to make excel forget is to close excel and reopen it.

Another way is to run data|text to columns, choose delimited and uncheck all the
separators.


Hollie C wrote:

I am currently having to use the Data Imprt option but it is taking a lot
longer and for what I'm doing I can already see potentially big problems.

"Hollie C" wrote:

For work I regularly open .txt files in Excel 2003 with the "Open with"
command. The files opens in Excel one line per cell and then I can seperate
out everything I need. Today I did that and it's decided to automatically do
text to columns! This would be ok if it didn't decide to cut numbers in half.
I don't know what/who turned this feature on but I need to turn it off and
can't find how.

I can't concatenate everything back together correctly because it has taken
liberties with leading spaces and what it thinks is leading 0s.

Thank you!


--

Dave Peterson
  #4   Report Post  
Old April 8th 08, 09:36 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.setup
external usenet poster
 
First recorded activity by ExcelBanter: Apr 2008
Posts: 3
Default Excel 2003 unwanted automatic Text to Columns

Thank you but it didn't work. I even restarted my computer and it still wants
to seperate out the text.


"Dave Peterson" wrote:

Excel likes to help by remembering the choices you've made on that dialog.

One way to make excel forget is to close excel and reopen it.

Another way is to run data|text to columns, choose delimited and uncheck all the
separators.


Hollie C wrote:

I am currently having to use the Data Imprt option but it is taking a lot
longer and for what I'm doing I can already see potentially big problems.

"Hollie C" wrote:

For work I regularly open .txt files in Excel 2003 with the "Open with"
command. The files opens in Excel one line per cell and then I can seperate
out everything I need. Today I did that and it's decided to automatically do
text to columns! This would be ok if it didn't decide to cut numbers in half.
I don't know what/who turned this feature on but I need to turn it off and
can't find how.

I can't concatenate everything back together correctly because it has taken
liberties with leading spaces and what it thinks is leading 0s.

Thank you!


--

Dave Peterson

  #5   Report Post  
Old April 8th 08, 10:42 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.setup
external usenet poster
 
First recorded activity by ExcelBanter: Jul 2006
Posts: 35,218
Default Excel 2003 unwanted automatic Text to Columns

How about dropping the "open with" technique and just opening excel and using
File|Open?

Hollie C wrote:

Thank you but it didn't work. I even restarted my computer and it still wants
to seperate out the text.

"Dave Peterson" wrote:

Excel likes to help by remembering the choices you've made on that dialog.

One way to make excel forget is to close excel and reopen it.

Another way is to run data|text to columns, choose delimited and uncheck all the
separators.


Hollie C wrote:

I am currently having to use the Data Imprt option but it is taking a lot
longer and for what I'm doing I can already see potentially big problems.

"Hollie C" wrote:

For work I regularly open .txt files in Excel 2003 with the "Open with"
command. The files opens in Excel one line per cell and then I can seperate
out everything I need. Today I did that and it's decided to automatically do
text to columns! This would be ok if it didn't decide to cut numbers in half.
I don't know what/who turned this feature on but I need to turn it off and
can't find how.

I can't concatenate everything back together correctly because it has taken
liberties with leading spaces and what it thinks is leading 0s.

Thank you!


--

Dave Peterson


--

Dave Peterson


Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules

Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Unwanted Automatic Link Update slreilly Excel Discussion (Misc queries) 0 December 11th 07 04:42 PM
Excel 2003 Unwanted Data Labels Steve Excel Discussion (Misc queries) 0 August 30th 06 04:41 PM
Unwanted Data appearing in cells - Excel 2003 Rodney Bevill Excel Discussion (Misc queries) 2 July 31st 06 10:29 PM
How do I stop automatic conversion of text-to-columns in excel? wraith_oz Excel Discussion (Misc queries) 2 June 13th 06 12:56 AM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 06:19 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004-2019 ExcelBanter.
The comments are property of their posters.
 

About Us

"It's about Microsoft Excel"

 

Copyright © 2017