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How to stop last number from changing to zero in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-05-08

In Excel, generally, the number of entering numbers are limited in 15 characters, if the number string is longer than 15 characters, and the number will be shown as 0 from the 16th character as below screenshot shown. This problem must get many financial staff into trouble because the credit cards’ number they need to enter into sheets are usually longer than 15 numbers. Here I introduce the tricks can help you prevent the number from changing to zero in Excel.
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Stop last number from changing to 0 with adding single quotation mark

Stop last number from changing to 0 with Format Cells


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For stopping number from changing to zero, you can add single quotation mark before entering the numbers in cell.

Select a blank cell and enter ' into it, and then enter the numbers, and you can see all numbers are exactly displayed in the cell. See screenshot:\
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arrow blue right bubble Stop last number from changing to 0 with Format Cells

Advanced to adding single quotation one by one to stop number from changing to zero, you also can format the cells as text formatting before you entering numbers.

1. Select the cells that you want to enter numbers longer than 15 digits, and then press Ctrl + 1 to display Format Cells dialog.

2. In the popping Format Cells dialog, under Number tab, and select Text from the Category list. See screenshot:
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3. Then click OK, and when you entering numbers in the selected cells, the number won’t be changed to zero any longer.


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Thanks, much helpful
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Not worked for us
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The two methods mentioned above are recommended for use before you input the long numbers. Once the long numbers are entered, there is no way to correct or modify them.
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By changing to a TEXT field with 16 digits, it changes to a scientific number like 2E+15, how to fix it? How to create a custom field that understands the 1st digit as ' ?
I tried '################ but didn't work.
Thanks.
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