?
Solved

Excel 2003- text showing as scientific notation

Posted on 2011-03-14
4
Medium Priority
?
279 Views
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
See attached example
Two columns- Seller Name and Document ID
Document ID is formatted as text
Each Seller uses various - some all ###, some text, some mixed
Even though field is formatted as text, some of the data is shown with the E+11 notation.
It does not seem to be size related. Some longer strings are shown in entirety.
I am trying to import into an Access database and I cannot get it to import it correctly unless I go in and change each cell in Column B to show correctly (by clicking in its cell, then the formula bar where it shows correctly, then back in the cell.  I have over 20,000 entries.  Can't do that for each cell.  This data is downloaded from an outside source and comes to me as is formatted now.
Excel-text-format-issue.xls
0
Comment
Question by:midsouthdot
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
4 Comments
 
LVL 50

Accepted Solution

by:
barry houdini earned 2000 total points
ID: 35132493
You can convert to text using "Text to columns" functionality

Select the Document ID column

Data > Text to columns > Next > Next > at step 3 under "column data format" select "Text" > Finish

regards, barry
0
 

Author Comment

by:midsouthdot
ID: 35132563
And I wasted 4 hours before I submitted my question, why???
Thanks.
0
 
LVL 24

Expert Comment

by:broomee9
ID: 35360840
This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
0

Featured Post

Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Some code to ensure data integrity when using macros within Excel. Also included code that helps secure your data within an Excel workbook.
In Part II of this series, I will discuss how to identify all open instances of Excel and enumerate the workbooks, spreadsheets, and named ranges within each of those instances.
This Micro Tutorial demonstrates how to create Excel charts: column, area, line, bar, and scatter charts. Formatting tips are provided as well.
Finds all prime numbers in a range requested and places them in a public primes() array. I've demostrated a template size of 30 (2 * 3 * 5) but larger templates can be built such 210  (2 * 3 * 5 * 7) or 2310  (2 * 3 * 5 * 7 * 11). The larger templa‚Ķ

762 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question