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    Entering Dates (Excel 2000)

    This is probably a very easy question. I just can't get the date to read 12/31/02. When I enter this date in a cell formatted as "Date" 3/14/98". The cell reads "1/0/00".

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    Re: Entering Dates (Excel 2000)

    Hi,
    It sounds to me as though you're putting an = sign in front of the date. If so, you shouldn't since this will cause Excel to read the input as "equals 12 divided by 31 divided by 2" rather than a date.
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    Re: Entering Dates (Excel 2000)

    If you enter 3/14/98 with a plus sign or equal sign in front of it, then it becomes the formula 3 divided by 14 divided by 98 which is equal to .02187, which if formatted as a date displays 1/0/00.
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    Re: Entering Dates (Excel 2000)

    Another direction to look:

    Tools, Options, Transition, Transition formula entry.
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    Re: Entering Dates (Excel 2000)

    Thanks. I was not typing in "=" but your tip about using "Tools, Options, Transition, Transition formula entry", put me on the right track. What seems to work is "Tools, Options, Transition, Transition Navagation keys". I left "Transition formula enty" and "Transiition formula evaluation" blank.

    I hope this does not disturb anything else.

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