formatting cells

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Subject: formatting cells
Posted by:  worduser
Date: Mon, 8 May 2006

everytime I enter a 1-19 in a cell, it defaults to jan-19.  I then go to the
cell right-click, formatting cells and select General and it gives me a
number 39009. I try again while General is selected and it still defaults to
Date.  How can I have set as General number by default

I use excel 2000