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# Big Number in Excel

Posted on 2013-06-16
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Hi,

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

26138E109

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?

Sanjay.
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Are you suggesting you want to see all 115 digits? Isn't that making the number hard to read?

Kevin
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zorvek (Kevin Jones) earned 150 total points
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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.

Kevin
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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.
Thanks.
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>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.

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