Disable all automatic conversion in Excel

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Hello Everyone!

I would like to disable all the automatic conversions in Excel.

What I mean is that if I type in something I would like that it would look exactly how I typed it.


  • I type this: 10001 123 and this is what I get: 10001123. 
  • I type this: 5-5 and I get this: 05-May
  • I type 12000929837 723200000000 and I get: 1,20009298377232E+22

I understand that I can place the apostrophe in the beginning of each value but I would be much happier if I would need to place that apostrophe in case I want that Excel would convert my number or my text.
So my question is that is there any ways I could disable this conversion feature for the whole application permanently and not only for certain cells for certain work sessions?


Thank you for all the help.

2 Replies
best response confirmed by aboroczky (New Contributor)


Nope, that is not possible. Either format the cells as Text before entering data, or prefix the values with an apostrophe.

Hi @Hans Vogelaar!


Thank you for prompt reply.

It is a sad day for those who wanted to like Excel but due to its stubborn behavior cannot.