You won't like my answer which is a suggestion in fact: Simply don't do it.

Formally `x*10^y`

is an expression using two operators (in a specific order of preference). In addition the pattern is not limited to integers in the position of y, but is thought to be equivalent to `x*EXP(LN(10)*y)`

. You also will always need to use the "E-notation" when entering or editing numbers with an "order-of-magnitude-part". Despite the fact that the "scientific" notation seems not to be internationally specified (by ISO, e.g.) the E-notation is a de-facto standard and can also be used for output/input processes. If you once want to use complex numbers (which are actually represented as text) these will be bound to the E-notation ...

Preparing your numerics for prettyprint or for export to a publishing tool, you will have to explicitly convert them into text. You should, however, use the "x" then instead of the asterisk to distinguish the number formally from expressions.

```
=SUBSTITUTE(TEXT(A1;"0.00E0");"E";" x 10^")
```

for a value placed in A1 should do if your decimal delimiter is the full stop (otherwise ask again).

There is no way to set specific character formats for **parts** of a calculated text. You therefore cannot replace the "^" with setting the exponent to superscript.

Having placed the above given formula in B1 you can get back the numeric value by:

```
=VALUE(SUBSTITUTE(B1;" x 10^";"E"))
```

So there is no way to have axis labels in the form 10^-1? I'm also looking for this.