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Long numbers are displayed incorrectly in Excel

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After you enter a long number (such as a credit card number) in an Excel cell, the number is not displayed correctly in Excel. For example,

Note Default number format in Excel is General therefore you can display up to 11 digits in a cell.
To work around this issue, use one of the following methods.

Method 1: Format the cell as text

To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Right-click target cell, and then click Format Cells.

  2. On the Number tab, select Text, and then click OK.

  3. Then type a long number. (Be sure to set the cell format before you type the number)

  4. If you do not want to see the warning arrows, click the small arrow, and then click Ignore Error.

Method 2: Use a single quotation mark

When you enter a long number, type a single quotation mark (') first in the cell, and then type the long number.

For example, type '1234567890123456789 and the quotation mark will not be displayed after you press ENTER.

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Article ID: 2643223 - Last Review: 05/26/2014 11:29:00 - Revision: 11.2

Microsoft Excel 2010, Microsoft Office Excel 2007, Microsoft Office Excel 2003

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