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Peter Foot

Microsoft Windows Phone Development MVP

Working with Marketplace Exported Reports

When Microsoft refreshed the Windows Phone developer portal in advance of the Mango refresh they added various improvements to reporting, an important one being export to file (XLSX). When you open the exported payout detail reports in Excel and enable editing you'll see a number of warnings against a couple of columns. This is because the data is formatted as text but Excel recognises that the contents are numbers. In order to use these values in formulas or graphs you'll need to convert them to numerical values.

The easiest way I found to do this was to select an empty cell and Copy it, then select the entire columns of "Units Sold" and "Royalty", right click and select "Paste Special". From the popup select "Add" as the operation and click "Ok". Now all your number columns are really numbers (you'll see the formatting change to right alignment).

Published Sep 12 2011, 09:14 PM by PeterFoot
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About PeterFoot

Peter Foot is co-author of the Microsoft Mobile Development Handbook published by Microsoft Press. Peter has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) accolade since 2003 for his involvement in the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework developer community. Alongside an active presence in several online forums and communities, attendance at developer conferences and involvement in shared-source projects, Peter has also written a number of technical articles and maintains an active technical blog.
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