"General" cell format nixes numbers

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Subject: "General" cell format nixes numbers
Posted by:  Anon (noema…@there.com)
Date: Mon, 10 May 2004

This is a really simple problem, but I can't seem to figure it out.

I have cells formatted as the "general" type.  If I type in something like
19, then the cell displays ".19".  If I type something in like 123456798,
then the cell displays "12345678.8".  Sometimes with really long numbers it
will display something like "123456798+11".

It's happening in all of excel, no matter what workbook is open.  It also
happens on all computers I log into, so it's probably an excel setting
somewhere in my profile.

How I do I display standard numbers again?