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How do I prevent 'E' from automatically formatting as standard form [closed]

asked 2012-11-06 11:56:07 +0200

James Haigh gravatar image

Background: I made a spreadsheet and one of the columns is in units of V (volts). Since 0.224 is easier to read than 2.24E-001, for example, I have formatted this particular column as General (most of the columns are formatted as 0.00E+0). However, the data I'm entering is easier to enter using 'E' (or just 'e'). For example 41.5µA (microamps) is best entered as 41.5e-6, and 224mV (millivolts) can be entered as 224e-3. Unfortunately though, using E when entering data automatically changes the number format to 0.00E+000.

So the question is, how do I prevent the use of E when entering data from changing the number format?

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answered 2012-11-06 12:01:48 +0200

James Haigh gravatar image

updated 2012-11-06 12:21:39 +0200

Figured it out!

Any other number format is not automatically changed; it's almost like General is a 'blank' number format. Ie. formatting as General is equivalent to clearing the number format.

So the solution is to format as General;General, which is equivalent to General in function, but is not a 'blank' number format so is not changed to standard form.

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Unfortunately, General"" doesn't persist across saves!!

James Haigh gravatar imageJames Haigh ( 2012-11-06 12:18:15 +0200 )edit

But General;General does. ;-)

James Haigh gravatar imageJames Haigh ( 2012-11-06 12:20:05 +0200 )edit

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