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Use Scientific Notation in Excel & Google Sheets

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


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Add Scientific Notation

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


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To add scientific notation, and make the number format shorter, (1) select a cell (B2), and in the Ribbon, (2) go to the Home tab, and in the Number Format drop-down, (3) choose General.


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When you change the cell format back to General, Excel will automatically add scientific notation.


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Remove Scientific Notation in Google Sheets

Google Sheets don’t use scientific notation. In case that a number entered in a cell is longer than the width of the cell, only the visible part of the number will be displayed, without changing the format.