How to Turn Scientific Notation On and Off in Google Sheets

In this article, I have chosen to talk about how you can turn the scientific notation in Google Sheets on and off. So read till the end to know more!

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Turning on the Scientific Notation in Google Sheets

Let me begin by explaining how you can instill scientific notation in your Google Sheets.

Google Sheets is programmed to automatically convert any figure that you enter into scientific notation; given that the format for your spreadsheet is put to “automatic”. However, there is a manual approach to changing the format for your spreadsheet to be able to enter scientific notations.

And here are the steps for them explained below:

  • Start by selecting the cells (range of cells) which have your data and you want that to be expressed in scientific notation.
How to Turn Scientific Notation On and Off in Google Sheets
  • From the menu bar at the top of your spreadsheet, click on the fifth option from the left which says, “Format”.
  • From the drop-down menu, click on the option that says “Number”.
  • For the third step, you have to click on “Scientific” from the second drop-down menu.
Turning on the Scientific Notation in Google Sheets

By following the steps mentioned above, Google Sheets should express your data as scientific notations now.

express your data as scientific notations now Like this example results

Just like this data in my example.

Turning off the Scientific Notation in Google Sheets

You may not always need to express your data in scientific notation; which is when you have to turn off the feature in Google Sheets. To do this, you need to follow these steps which are quite similar to the ones followed for turning it on.

  1. Just like the first step followed in the first section of this tutorial, you need to select all of your relevant data.
  2. Next, find the “Format” menu at the top of your spreadsheet.
  3. Once the drop-down menu appears, click on the option which says “Number”.
  4. Lastly, for the fourth step, click on the “Number” option a second time.

To Summarize

We all run into large numbers daily in our work and when we process these numbers in Google Sheets, it is important to understand how my spreadsheet is displaying/expressing these figures.

Hence, the scientific notation feature.

I hope my tutorial was helpful.

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