06-16-2017 07:43 AM
06-16-2017 07:43 AM
Here's an example. I have a long number (it's from a license plate/bar code):
Whether I use my bar code software's export-excel function, or PASTE the number directly, here is what I get:
If I then format the cell as a number, I get:
As you can see, I have lost the '0862' at the end of my number. Any ideas?
06-16-2017 08:14 AM
Excel can only operate with 15 digits. Any digits beyond will be changed to 0.
Change the number format to Text.
06-16-2017 09:06 AM
06-16-2017 11:04 AM
That's by design, you may see up to 11 digits, see https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2643223/long-numbers-are-displayed-incorrectly-in-excel
06-17-2017 03:59 AM
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08-02-2018 12:14 PM
08-21-2018 01:19 PM
In my experience, once the number is converted, you've lost the original number. If the cell is formatted as text prior to entering the number, you will retain the original value. If you have an existing .CSV file, you can use the Text Import Wizard (Data>Get External Data>From Text) to open the file, and set the column format as text during the import process, and it should retain the values as well.
08-21-2018 11:06 PM
08-22-2018 11:12 AM
No, due to the 15 digit limit for numbers in Excel
08-22-2018 03:36 PM
yes you're right!
no matter how long the number - in the cell it will only show 15 digits - the rest being zeroes...
10-19-2018 09:53 AM
I was having this same problem: 20 digit number was getting 00000s at the end or being stored in scientific notation.
The work around: format the cell as text and add a ' in front of the number string. The cell will not display the ' before the number and will display only the full number without zeros at the end.
Ex. 123456789123456789 was showing up as 123456789123456000 when formatted as anumber and showing in scientific notation when formatted as text. Changed cell formatting to text and entered '123456789123456789 as the cell value. Cell displays 123456789123456789 accurately afterwards.