Turn off automatic date conversion?

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Subject: Turn off automatic date conversion?
Posted by:  Geoff Offermann (gebobs@yahoo.nospam.com)
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003

I need to copy and paste some hockey scores to a spreadsheet. Unfortunately,
Excel likes to convert the scores to dates (e.g. 4-1 is turned into 1-Apr).

How do I turn this annoying #^$% function off?

On a related note, can you change the default format? I mean, does anyone
actually use the above format outside of Pluto?

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