Big Number in Excel

Posted on 2013-06-16
Last Modified: 2013-06-17

Is there any method by which I can save a big number in Excel without getting its value changed. For example, my number is:


As I write this number in the cell, its value changes to 2.6138E+113.

Yes, if I save it using single quote ' it works fine. But is there any other method?

Question by:sanjay-gandhi
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by:zorvek (Kevin Jones)
ID: 39252314
Are you suggesting you want to see all 115 digits? Isn't that making the number hard to read?

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zorvek (Kevin Jones) earned 150 total points
ID: 39252315
If you are entering account numbers or something like account numbers then format the cells as Text and you won't have to enter the single quote.


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ID: 39252422
Well, these are only 9 digits. Which 115 digits are you talking about?
Format cell as text does not work always though.
However, single quote appears to be the only answer.
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by:zorvek (Kevin Jones)
ID: 39253328
>Well, these are only 9 digits. Which 115 digits are you talking about?
26138E109 is the value 26,138 with 109 zeros to the right.

>Format cell as text does not work always though.
Yes it does. A cell formatted as text displays any value exactly as it was entered.

>However, single quote appears to be the only answer.
No, it isn't. You can format the cells as Text.


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ID: 39253941
Ok, this is new to me that E109 means 109 zeroes after the number.
Yes, tried this works fine. Thanks.

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