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Preventing an SA ID Number from displaying in Scientific Notation

It’s always a good idea to store ID Numbers as Text, especially as some can start with a leading zero. In this article we focus on displaying I.D numbers correctly in Excel.

The problem though, is that if you convert cells with large numbers to Text it displays it in Scientific Notation. E.g. 8605065397083 display as 8.60507E+12!

This can be one of the most frustrating things in Excel.

The Solution to displaying I.D numbers correctly? Use Text-to-Columns instead.

  • Highlight the cells (column) you want to convert
  • Select Text-To-Columns from the Data Ribbon
  • Next, Next to get to the 3rd step of the Wizard
  • Select Text under the Column Data Format
  • And Finish! 😊

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