What this means is Excels internal date system believes there was a , when they wasn't!
The surprising part is, Microsoft did this intentionally!
The most reliable way to automatically number rows in Excel is to use the function.
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To see the true value of a date and/or time simply format the cell as "General".
For example the date and time 3/July/2002 PM has a true value of 37440.625 with the number after the decimal representing the time and the 37440 being the serial value for 3/July/2002 For more detail see: "How Microsoft Excel stores dates and times" in the help. Excel incorrectly assumes that the year 1900 was a leap year.
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