I am copying a row of phone numbers that are text strings from Excel to Google Sheets.

The phone numbers change from text to formulas when pasted and return #ERROR!

For example, the text +49 4942 12345678 from Excel becomes the formula =+49 4942 12345678 when pasted into Sheets and returns #ERROR!.

I want to remove the equals sign =. How can I format the row to show the phone numbers as text again?

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Replace equals sign = with single quote '

Ctrl+H will bring up the "Find and Replace" dialog.

In the sample image below I configured the range as the entire column G. You would enter the row or column or even individual cells that are affected as the case may be.

You must select "also search within formulas" or it will ignore the affected cells.

find and replace dialog box


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