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    Convert tenths of millimeters to decimal inches



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    Hello,

    Is there any way to convert tenths of millimeters to decimal inches. Doing several separate conversions would be fine, but I can't even figure out how to do the first part: tenths of millimeters to regular millimeters (ie, 3 = 0.3 millimeters). In the format cells tools all I can find is how to ADD decimal places after the number, not before.

    I know there's got to be a way to use a formula for multiplication, but whatever I try to do, I end up with a column of zeros.

    Can anyone help?

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    The trick is to add a comma for every thousand that you want to strip out. Try this:
    ###.###,

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    Thanks for your response, JeffreyWeir. Unfortunately when I tried that (in the custom section of the format cells dialog box) I got ".003" rather than '.03'. It tried putting in another #, subtracting a #, adding commas, etc. but I couldn't make it work. I'd either get ".003" or just a "." I must be doing something wrong.

    But I finally tried dividing all the values by 100 and that worked. Yay!

    Now on to converting to inches

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    Hi iamjak. If you've got to convert to inches, you might as well do the divide by 100 at the same time, and not bother with custom number formats.

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