Aug 31 2019
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Aug 06 2023
I've set up a survey in Forms to be used to count attendance for an organization on a weekly basis. There are 7 different questions to input a number for the count in different sections. I've set the restrictions on all the questions, and when I pull up the survey on my phone browser I can see the answer box says "The value must be a number." But when the answers are submitted, they are being changed to text; the Excel spreadsheet shows the answer is '59, instead of 59. The cell format also shows that it should be number.
The problem is that I have some formulas built in the Excel spreadsheet recording the answers, and they obviously cannot work if the answers are text. Is anyone else dealing with this problem? Any ideas how to fix it?
Sep 03 2019 06:31 AM
I have the same issue. It changed all of a sudden a couple weeks ago and now I need to change all values manually to number before I can import the sheet into access.
Please microsoft, fix this...
Apr 26 2020 10:27 PM
@Movaan While the issue can be resolved with the CLEAN formula, it is an extra step that should not be needed. The Form is setup with that field requiring a number and it should export into Excel as a number, like it used to. My problem still exists and requires the recalculations as my Excel data is being imported into an Access Database. When the number field remained a number this was not an issue.
Nov 04 2020 07:37 AM
@Movaan I was working on a responses that has number stored as text, and, since I needed to do a calculation based on the responses (to utilized its data and save time from moving the responses to another worksheet) I would need to convert the number stored as text into a number or value for a calculation to work.
So I tried using the CLEAN function as you had suggested, though it removes the unprintable character ( ' ), there's still a need to convert the results into a values manually.
I found this VALUE ie. =VALUE(text or cell) function which convert the number stored as text to value. This can also be a work around.
All the best.