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
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
  • 3
  • 2
LVL 81

Expert Comment

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?

LVL 81

Accepted Solution

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.


Author Closing Comment

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.
LVL 81

Expert Comment

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.


Author Comment

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

Featured Post

Revamp Your Training Process

Drastically shorten your training time with WalkMe's advanced online training solution that Guides your trainees to action.

Question has a verified solution.

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

This article will guide you to convert a grid from a picture into Excel format using Microsoft OneNote and no other 3rd party application.
This code takes an Excel list of URL’s and adds a header titled “URL List”. It then searches through all URL’s in column “A”, looking for duplicates. When a duplicate is found, it is moved to the top of the list. The duplicate URL’s are then highlig…
The viewer will learn how to create a normally distributed random variable in Excel, use a normal distribution to simulate the return on an investment over a period of years, Create a Monte Carlo simulation using a normal random variable, and calcul…
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate in Microsoft Excel how to add style and sexy appeal to horizontal bar charts.

622 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