Specify the data type of a column

If a column is empty, Minitab assigns a data type and format based on the first value that you enter.
Value entered Data type assigned
A number, an *, a number and %, or a recognized currency symbol with a number Numeric
Values that match a default date/time format, such 1/31/2014 or 11:10:14.22 PM Date/time
Any other values Text

You can specify the data type of a column before you enter values, or you can change the data type of a column after you enter values.

  • To specify the data type of an empty column before you enter values in it, right-click the column, choose Format Column, and then choose the format type.
  • To change the data type of an existing column, click in the column, choose Data > Change Data Type, then specify the columns and the new data type.
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