# Use Scientific Notation in Excel & Google Sheets

*This tutorial demonstrates how to use scientific notation in Excel and Google Sheets.*

## Add Scientific Notation

By default, Excel uses scientific notation to shorten large numbers. If you have removed scientific notation (e.g., 1,23E+10), you can easily bring it back. Say you have the following number in cell B2.

- To add scientific notation, and make the number format shorter, select the cell (B2),
- In the
**Ribbon**, go to the**Home**tab. - In the Number Format drop-down, choose
**General**.

When you change the cell format back to **General**, Excel automatically adds scientific notation.

## Scientific Notation in Google Sheets

Google Sheets also defaults to a scientific notation format for long numbers.

If you have removed scientific formatting, however, you can easily add it back.

In the **Menu**, select **FormatÂ > Number** and then select **Scientific**.

The number will then once again be formatted with scientific notation.