# The Fastest Way To Convert Numbers Stored As Text To Numbers & Dates

/**What This VBA Code Does**

I have always hated the time it takes to convert text to numbers, especially on large database exports. That's why I was ecstatic to find a VBA solution that speed up text conversion from minutes into just a few seconds. The solution was written by Ejaz Ahmed of **Struggling to Excel**. He was gracious enough to allow me to share his code with you all and I really think you will be blown away with it's capabilities.

Ejaz's code does much more than just convert text to numerical values. It also **trims **the selected data (deleting any trailing or preceding spaces in your values) and converts **text to dates**. The code does all of this at the exact same time! It's really powerful!!

I went ahead and rewrote the code to align it with the VBA coding style of this blog. If you're curious or want to ask Ejaz a question you can view his original code and blog post, **Do You Hate The Numbers Stored As Text Error**. Make sure you add both the subroutine and function to your code module. Enjoy!

Sub CleanData()

'PURPOSE:Clean up selected data by trimming spaces, converting dates,

'and converting numbers to appropriate formats from text format

'AUTHOR: Ejaz Ahmed (www.StrugglingToExcel.Wordpress.com)

'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/The-Code-Vault

Dim MessageAnswer As VbMsgBoxResult

Dim EachRange As Range

Dim TempArray As Variant

Dim rw As Long

Dim col As Long

Dim ChangeCase As Boolean

Dim ChangeCaseOption As VbStrConv

Dim rng As Range

'User Preferences

ChangeCaseOption = vbProperCase

ChangeCase = False

Set rng = Application.Selection

'Warn user if Range has Formulas

If RangeHasFormulas(rng) Then

MessageAnswer = MsgBox("Some of the cells contain formulas. " _

& "Would you like to proceed and overwrite formulas with values?", _

vbQuestion + vbYesNo, "Formulas Found")

If MessageAnswer = vbNo Then Exit Sub

End If

'Loop through each separate area the selected range may have

For Each EachRange In rng.Areas

TempArray = EachRange.Value2

If IsArray(TempArray) Then

For rw = LBound(TempArray, 1) To UBound(TempArray, 1)

For col = LBound(TempArray, 2) To UBound(TempArray, 2)

'Check if value is a date

If IsDate(TempArray(rw, col)) Then

TempArray(rw, col) = CDate(TempArray(rw, col))

'Check if value is a number

ElseIf IsNumeric(TempArray(rw, col)) Then

TempArray(rw, col) = CDbl(TempArray(rw, col))

'Otherwise value is Text. Let's Trim it! (Remove any extraneous spaces)

Else

TempArray(rw, col) = Application.Trim(TempArray(rw, col))

'Change Case if the user wants to

If ChangeCase Then

TempArray(rw, col) = StrConv( _

TempArray(rw, col), ChangeCaseOption)

End If

End If

Next col

Next rw

Else

'Handle with Single Cell selected areas

If IsDate(TempArray) Then 'If Date

TempArray = CDate(TempArray)

ElseIf IsNumeric(TempArray) Then 'If Number

TempArray = CDbl(TempArray)

Else 'Is Text

TempArray = Application.Trim(TempArray)

'Handle case formatting (if necessary)

If ChangeCase Then

TempArray = StrConv(TempArray, ChangeCaseOption)

End If

End If

End If

EachRange.Value2 = TempArray

Next EachRange

'Code Ran Succesfully!

MsgBox "Your data cleanse was successful!", vbInformation, "All Done!"

End Sub

**Determine If Range Has Formulas Function**

Function RangeHasFormulas(ByRef rng As Range) As Boolean

'PURPOSE: Determine if given range has any formulas in it

'AUTHOR: Ejaz Ahmed (www.StrugglingToExcel.Wordpress.com)

'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/The-Code-Vault

Dim TempVar As Variant

TempVar = rng.HasFormula

'Test Range

If IsNull(TempVar) Then

'Some of cells have fromulas

RangeHasFormulas = True

Else

If TempVar = True Then

'All cells have formulas

RangeHasFormulas = True

Else

'None of cells have formulas

RangeHasFormulas = False

End If

End If

End Function

**How Do I Modify This To Fit My Specific Needs?**

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I wish you the best of luck and I hope this tutorial gets you heading in the right direction!

Chris "Macro" Newman :)