## How to MATCH numbers formatted as text in Excel

You will sometimes encounter errors while trying to MATCH or LOOKUP data in Excel if your numbers are formatted as numbers in one of your tables, and as text in another table. While special formats are available in Excel, they are relatively rarely used and are limited. Some “numbers” such as identification numbers are more often stored as text. This is done in order to add leading zeros, hyphens and other characters to that numbers. However, if we try to

## Date and Time in Excel

How are date and time stored and formatted? In our previous section, we’ve already established that, no matter how date and/or time is formatted and possibly edited, underlying values saved in cells are still decimal numbers. Let’s expand on that. Excel era starts on January 1, 1900. If we enter number 1 in the cell and format it as date, the date we will see is in fact January 1, 1900. Zero will provide for a nonexistent date of January

## Numbers in Excel

How are numbers stored, formatted and calculated? When dealing with numbers in Excel we should be aware of a few things: numbers in Excel can be formatted in many ways: plain numbers, currency, percentage, date etc. no matter how they are formatted and possibly edited, underlying values saved in cells are still decimal numbers those decimal numbers that Excel uses and calculates with go up to 15 decimal places (and even with that, there are caveats) this is not changed