Convert TEXT fractions to NUMBER decimal

Hello All,

I have a problem that I can't fix in Excel 2016.

An imported table has columns of fractions that are formatted as TEXT.

I need to convert those TEXT fractions into decimal NUMBERS.

I read a number of suggestions and tried them, but nothing works.

I even tried my own stuff, but that didn't work.

Here's what I tried that came close to working, but failed:

Copy a column of TEXT fractions, and past it into NotePad to clean-off all formatting.

Then open a new spreadsheet and format a column as FRACTION.

Then copy the NotePad column of 'fractions' and past that into the spreadsheet column that's formatted as FRACTION.

Result: All the numbers convert to fractions EXCEPT 1/2 and 3/4, which convert to DATES.

Then I select that column and format it as DECIMAL, and all the non-dates format correctly.

What is happening here?

How can I fix it?

Thanx ... Chris

You could try this formula in another column.
Say your fractions are in column A starting at A1. Put this formula in B1 and copy down.
=LEFT(A1,SEARCH("/",A1)-1)/MID(A1,SEARCH("/",A1)+1,99)
Regards

Murray
https://excel.dadsonion.com

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Hi Murray,

Thanx for the formula!

It worked for fractions less than 1.

But compound fractions returned "#VALUE!".

HOW IN THE WORLD did you come up w/that formula?!?

Any ideas how to make it work with compound fractions?
Thanx! ... Chris

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Hi Chris
I assume by compound fractions you mean something like 1 3/4=1.75?
Is there a space between the whole number component and the fraction part? If so try this:
=IF(ISERROR(SEARCH(" ",A1)),LEFT(A1,SEARCH("/",A1)-1)/MID(A1,SEARCH("/",A1)+1,99),LEFT(A1,SEARCH(" ",A1)-1)+MID(A1,SEARCH(" ",A1)+1,SEARCH("/",A1)-1-SEARCH(" ",A1))/MID(A1,SEARCH("/",A1)+1,99))

Here's how the original formula works:
LEFT(A1,SEARCH("/",A1)-1) looks for the position of "/" in the string, subtracts 1 from that number and takes everything from the beginning of the string up to that point.
Similarly, MID(A1,SEARCH("/",A1)+1,99) takes everything from the position of the "/"+1 up to the end of the string. Then it divides the first part by the last part.
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Murray
https://excel.dadsonion.com

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