General number format applied to improper time entry in Excel for Mac

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Symptoms
In Microsoft Excel for Mac, when you enter a time into a cell,the cell may change to the General number format and display a decimalnumber.
Cause
This behavior occurs when you enter an improper time value, where theminutes are greater than or equal to 60. For example if you type "5:62"(without the quotation marks) the cell displays "0.25138889"
Workaround
To work around this problem, change the cell to the Time number format. Todo this, follow these steps:
  1. Click to select the cell.
  2. On the Format menu, click Cells.
  3. On the Number tab, click Time in the Category list, and then click the time format you want in the Type list. Click OK.
Note: The numbers will be converted to a proper time value. For example, ifyou typed 5:62 and then changed the number format; the value of 6:02 willshow in the cell.
Status
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
More information
References

Excel X and later versions

For more information about formatting, click Excel Help on the Help menu, type number formats, click Search, and then click a topic to view it.

Excel 2001

For more information about formatting, click the Office Assistant, type Excel displays numbers, click Search, and then click a topic to view it.

Note If the Office Assistant is hidden, click Office Assistant on the standard toolbar.

Excel 98

For more information about formatting, click the Office Assistant, type Excel displays numbers, click Search, and then click Change the way Microsoft Excel displays numbers to view the topic.

Note If the Office Assistant is hidden, click Office Assistant on the standard toolbar.
XL98 XL2001 XLX XL2004
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