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Microsoft Excel might show ##### in cells when a column isn’t wide enough to show all of the cell contents. Formulas that return dates and times as negative values can also show as #####.

To make a column wider to show cell contents in full, select the right edge of the column header and drag it to the width you want.

Number signs in a worksheet cell

You can also try the following:

  • To make the cell contents smaller, on the Home tab, select   Excel dialog launcher icon 12x10pxAlignment Settings, and then check the Shrink to fit box in the Format Cells dialog box.

    Shrink to fit on the Alignment tab of the Format Cells dialog box

  • If numbers have too many decimal places, on the Home tab, select Decrease Decimal.

    Decrease Decimal button

  • If dates are too long, on the Home tab, select the Number Format arrow, and pick Short Date.

    Short Date command on the Number Format gallery

Correct negative dates or times

When Excel shows ##### because the cell has a negative date or time value, make sure that you:

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