Scientific formatting in Excel

In this article, we will learn about how to use Scientific formatting in Excel.

The Scientific format displays a number in exponential notation, replacing part of the number with E+n, in which E (exponent) multiplies the preceding number by 10 to the nth power.

In simple words, sometimes working with mathematical operations on a sheet. We need numbers in Scientific format. Excel allows us to convert the format of the cell to scientific format.

For example, a 2-decimal scientific format displays 12345678901 as 1.23E+10, which is 1.23 times 10 to the 10th power.

Let’s understand this function using it an example.

Here we have 3 multiples of 10. Let’s see how to convert them into the scientific format.

As you can see, we can convert numbers from general to scientific format

You can convert multiples to 10 and decimal values to scientific format. When you convert a decimal value to scientific format, the number gets displayed in E-n format.

Now we will understand how to write in scientific format

Write 10^10 in scientific


It will be displayed as 1.00E+10 in the cell.
Write 0.0000025 in scientific


It will be displayed as 2.50E-06 in the cell.

Write 184000 in scientific


It will be displayed as 1.84E+05 in the cell.

The above 3 representation of scientific format of numbers, shown in the snapshot below.

Here cells have been converted to scientific format & written in Excel

Hope you understood how to convert into scientific format & written in Excel. Explore more articles on Excel cell formatting here. Please feel free to state your query or feedback for the above article.

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